Stabbing incident being treated as attempted murder

Devon and Cornwall Police are treating a stabbing incident in Tiverton as attempted murder.

At around 11pm on Monday evening (17 July), police were informed by the ambulance service that a man in his thirties had received a stab wound to his side. This was understood to have taken place sometime between 10.30pm and just before 11pm, probably close to the White Ball pub on Bridge Street. The victim entered the pub from the Westexe direction requesting medical help. It was at this point staff called 999.

Due to the seriousness of the injuries the casualty was airlifted by the air ambulance to Derriford hospital in Plymouth. The injuries were initially thought to be life threatening. Fortunately the man’s injuries were not as bad as initially feared and it is expected that he will be released from hospital later today.

A police investigation has now begun and this incident is being treated as attempted murder. The public are being asked for any information about this incident that may help detectives identify the offender.

It is believed this was an isolated incident.

Detectives have been unable to identify where the actual incident took place nor have they any description of a suspect. At this time the victim is not cooperating with the police.
The police are appealing to members of the public to contact them if they were in the vicinity of Bridge Street in Tiverton shortly before 11pm and who may have information about this incident. Please call 101 or email 101@dc.police.uk quoting reference CR/059047/17. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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