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Man loses eye in double stabbing in Nettleton Road, Gloucester

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 15, 2014

The scene in Nettleton Road was cordoned off by police

A KNIFING in Gloucester city centre left one man without an eye and another with stab wounds to his stomach.

Two men, aged 30 and 47, were taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital after police rushed to the scene at 8.55pm on Monday.

The 30-year-old man was later transferred to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol and is described as being in a critical but stable condition.

The 47-year-old man was later discharged and was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm. He remained in custody yesterday while inquiries continue.

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Door supervisor Andy Ryder had been watching TV at his friend's Nettleton Road home when he heard a commotion outside.

"I ran out to find a woman screaming and carrying a man.

"They were both covered in blood and the man had knife wounds to the face and his eye was hanging out. I've since been told he has lost the eye.

"Then another man came out and he had been stabbed in the stomach.

"I called 999 and very quickly the whole road was blocked off with 10 police cars and ambulances too.

"It was terrifying. I've never seen anything like it, even in my line of work. The whole scene was absolute chaos."

The crime scene was cordoned off for several hours during Tuesday.

Rich Payne, manager of nearby Zest bar, in Eastgate Street, said: "There has been a lot of police activity on the street lately. It was a bit of a shock to hear what had happened. I saw the whole area cordoned off as I walked to work."

Police want to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time. They added that the area was "generally a very safe place to live".

Anyone with information is urged to call 101, quoting incident 418 of January 13.

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