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Traumatic attack on Haverhill shop worker leaves its mark




A shop worker who was stabbed in an unprovoked attack is so traumatised by the incident he says he is unable to sleep or eat and is now afraid to continue with his job.

Narendra Bandi was at work at Primrose Mini Market, on the corner of Primrose Hill and Burton End, Haverhill, when the disturbing assault happened at 7pm on Saturday.

The 23-year-old, who said he had only started working at the shop just over one week before, was flattening cardboard boxes on the floor when the assailant came at him.

Narendra Bandi shows the covered wound that he suffered during the knife attack. Picture by Steve Barton
Narendra Bandi shows the covered wound that he suffered during the knife attack. Picture by Steve Barton

"He came and he didn't ask anything. He straight away came and he stabbed me,' said Mr Bandi.

"He came and ran with a black mask (over his face) and a hoodie and pushed me up against the wall and stabbed me again and I'm defending (myself) pushing him."

Mr Bandi managed to escape his attacker, who he believes was aged under 18, and ran through a door and up to the first floor of the building, where his co-worker Venu Pamitala, 23, was at the time.

Primrose Mini Market, on the corner of Primrose Hill and Burton End. Picture by Steve Barton (8735455)
Primrose Mini Market, on the corner of Primrose Hill and Burton End. Picture by Steve Barton (8735455)

As he shouted to Mr Pamitala, the attacker ran empty handed out of the door and fled with a second person who was waiting outside.

Mr Bandi suffered a cut to his thumb as well as a circular-shaped slash injury to his neck, which was treated at Addenbrooke's Hospital that night. Although he was not kept in overnight.

The injury resulted in 'a lot of blood' being shed, said Mr Bandi, and it could have been worse.

He explained: "It went through only two or three layers of skin but if it goes through four or five layers it's more dangerous."

Although he returned to work the day after the attack, the impact on him has been major.

"If I see any person like that (young and male) I'm getting fear," he said.

"I'm unable to eat. I'm unable to sleep. All the time it's on my mind. I'm unable to forget that instant because it's the first time it has happened to me."

He added that he 'can't work in the shop' and said: "If a group of people is coming in, I find I'm getting fear. I am more afraid."

Police would like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time or have information regarding the offenders. Please contact Suffolk Constabulary on 101 quoting reference 37/20858/19.



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