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Man steps in to help Haverhill stabbing victim

A good Samaritan has described how he stepped in to give first aid to a man who collapsed outside his house after being stabbed.

Adam Gillett was at his home in Arundel Walk, Haverhill, when he saw the injured man fall to the ground outside his house shortly before midnight on Boxing Day.

The 30-year-old, who works as a lorry driver in the construction industry, so has some basic first aid knowledge, said: “He had a stab wound to the side of his chest, a couple of inches from his armpit on his right hand side.

Arundel Walk in Haverhill, where a man was helped on the pavement after being stabbed on Boxing Day. Picture by Mecha Morton
Arundel Walk in Haverhill, where a man was helped on the pavement after being stabbed on Boxing Day. Picture by Mecha Morton

“I could just see his shirt, it was turning dark and I could tell he had been stabbed.

“I was on the phone to the ambulance. I found where the wound was and went out there with a load of tea towels because I didn’t want to put my hands on the wound.

“His partner was there and she was the one putting her hands on and I had to pull his shirt up and find the actual wound.

“Not too long after the police arrived and they took it over. They put on their gloves and asked people to stay out of the way.

“When he was still standing I thought he might find his own care.

“He didn’t seem too bad but once he collapsed I made the point of going out.”

A spokesman for Suffolk police said: “Police were called at to a premises on Arundel Walk in Haverhill at about 11.45pm on Thursday, December 26.

“It follows a report of a male in his 40s receiving single stab wound to the abdomen following an altercation.”

“The suspect and victim are known to each other.

“A 14 year-old was arrested on suspicion of GBH and subsequently released without charge.

“A 15 year-old male was also arrested and subsequently charged with GBH with intent.

“The victim remains in a stable condition where he remains for treatment to a non life-threatening injury.”

The 15-year-old was due to appear before magistrates in Ipswich yesterday.

An East of England Ambulance spokesman said an ambulance, rapid response vehicle, ambulance officer vehicle and the East Anglian Air ambulance all attended the incident and the injured man was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital for treatment.

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