Traders rush to the aid of man slashed across the face in Stanmore

'He grabbed my arm and said please don’t let me die’ - Traders rush to the aid of man slashed across the face

'He grabbed my arm and said please don’t let me die’ - Traders rush to the aid of man slashed across the face

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Shop staff who rushed to the aid of a man who had been slashed across the face say they are shocked by the incident.

Yesterday afternoon police were called to The Broadway, in Stanmore, at 4.45pm by the London Ambulance service after a man believed to be in his 20s had been slashed across the face and arms.

Staff from nearby shops who witnessed this incident and rushed to help the victim say the man pulled up in a car down a side road and got out asking for help.

Witness Kara Lee from Martin Gold Salon Hairdressing said: “He was covered in blood and he was asking me to find a number in phone.

“Then he grabbed my arm said ‘please don’t let me die’.

“I told him I wasn’t going to let that happen and people from the other shops came out and helped. We sat him down and we got him some cloths to put on his arm and face."

Colleague Rebecca Abrey who also helped the man, said: “It was really shocking and disturbing. We can’t believe it happened.”

A member of staff at Cartons Cafe told the Harrow Times: “It was so scary for something like to happen at the end of the day when people are going home.

“There was so much blood and he had a huge gash across his face. So many people came out to help and we just sat him down and waited for the ambulance with him.”

Officers from Harrow police taped off a large part of the high street as they investigated the incident last night.

The victim was taken to a central London hospital by London Ambulance Service where he remains in a stable condition.

His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

Police say their enquiries are continuing and no arrests have been made.

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12:38pm Sat 30 Aug 14

ipsofacto says...

The problem is that there are too many (predominantly) young people who believe that it OK to carry knives and, if *necessary* use them.

We are far far far too easy on those who use/threaten to use violence. We need to hand out far tougher sentences. If you carry a knife without good reason, 5 years minimum before parole application can be made. If you draw blood, 10 years minimum. If it is attempted murder then life with a minimum of 20 years. If you murder someone with a knife then it should be life, minimum 50 years. If it means building more prisons so be it. *I am more than willing to pay more tax* for the government to build and run more prisoners. Criminals have to understand that their crimes have consequences. The US is light years ahead of us in terms of dispensing justice.
The problem is that there are too many (predominantly) young people who believe that it OK to carry knives and, if *necessary* use them. We are far far far too easy on those who use/threaten to use violence. We need to hand out far tougher sentences. If you carry a knife without good reason, 5 years minimum before parole application can be made. If you draw blood, 10 years minimum. If it is attempted murder then life with a minimum of 20 years. If you murder someone with a knife then it should be life, minimum 50 years. If it means building more prisons so be it. *I am more than willing to pay more tax* for the government to build and run more prisoners. Criminals have to understand that their crimes have consequences. The US is light years ahead of us in terms of dispensing justice. ipsofacto
  • Score: 8

1:49am Mon 1 Sep 14

davidson39 says...

Agree with the post above - also we don't investigate minor crimes in this country to any serious degree, so the perpetrators of such crimes then go on to commit more serious crimes such as the above. Again, like in so many areas, the US is light years ahead of us in this regard. For example, our neighbours in Stanmore had their car smashed by vandals recently, but of course, the police closed the case almost immediately as it was not "serious enough" to justify continued attention. However, the perpetrators of such crimes are then emboldened and continue to wreak havoc in our towns and cities
Agree with the post above - also we don't investigate minor crimes in this country to any serious degree, so the perpetrators of such crimes then go on to commit more serious crimes such as the above. Again, like in so many areas, the US is light years ahead of us in this regard. For example, our neighbours in Stanmore had their car smashed by vandals recently, but of course, the police closed the case almost immediately as it was not "serious enough" to justify continued attention. However, the perpetrators of such crimes are then emboldened and continue to wreak havoc in our towns and cities davidson39
  • Score: 4

12:15am Tue 2 Sep 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

Attacks of this kind ,naturally,make one fearful and very concerned especially when it happens in a safe area such as Stanmore that too in broad daylight.I am sure the Police are taking this very seriously and are looking into raising awareness of the consequences of carrying knives.Harrow does not want to see knife crime.

Young folk often do not realise that they can get a criminal record for carrying a knife---even for protection. This could blight their life even before it begins.Also,they do not appreciate that that this instrument --their own knife---could be used against them,as has happened so often and may even cost them their life.Sorry to be so brutally frank but those are the facts.

The incident in London Road,where my friend's car was smashed has caused much upset.Low level ASB causes more grief than one appreciates and has to be dealt with harshly.Problem is finding the vandals is not always as easy as it sounds.That is no reason for us to give up or assume this case is done and dusted!

The Police may have "closed the case" but are sure to be on the look-out for these hooligans using intelligence,support from neighbourhood champions as well as from the local Safer neighbourhood teams.
If any of you spot something unusual please contact them.

Harrow Police is keen to deal robustly with all forms of ASB do that the quality of our lives is not impacted negatively by these wretched criminals.

Meanwhile,we still should make sure we have done whatever we can to secure our own property and seek advice from our local Safer Neighbourhood Teams.

Let's not under-estimate our own cops!
Attacks of this kind ,naturally,make one fearful and very concerned especially when it happens in a safe area such as Stanmore that too in broad daylight.I am sure the Police are taking this very seriously and are looking into raising awareness of the consequences of carrying knives.Harrow does not want to see knife crime. Young folk often do not realise that they can get a criminal record for carrying a knife---even for protection. This could blight their life even before it begins.Also,they do not appreciate that that this instrument --their own knife---could be used against them,as has happened so often and may even cost them their life.Sorry to be so brutally frank but those are the facts. The incident in London Road,where my friend's car was smashed has caused much upset.Low level ASB causes more grief than one appreciates and has to be dealt with harshly.Problem is finding the vandals is not always as easy as it sounds.That is no reason for us to give up or assume this case is done and dusted! The Police may have "closed the case" but are sure to be on the look-out for these hooligans using intelligence,support from neighbourhood champions as well as from the local Safer neighbourhood teams. If any of you spot something unusual please contact them. Harrow Police is keen to deal robustly with all forms of ASB do that the quality of our lives is not impacted negatively by these wretched criminals. Meanwhile,we still should make sure we have done whatever we can to secure our own property and seek advice from our local Safer Neighbourhood Teams. Let's not under-estimate our own cops! Sonoo Malkani
  • Score: -4

8:22am Tue 2 Sep 14

diligaf says...

Another normal day in Harrow
Another normal day in Harrow diligaf
  • Score: 7
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