AN undercurrent of worry over potential knife attacks in Gloucester has arisen after a spate of incidents in recent days.
A man was arrested and taken into police custody on Thursday after brandishing a knife in Barton Street. Carl Douglas has been charged with possessing an offensive weapon in a public place and released on bail until June 27. Later that day, two men were assaulted by a man with a knife in Cromwell Street in a separate incident. Police were called to the road at about 9.30pm. One man received cut fingers and the other a cut to his face. Both were taken to hospital for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries.
Donald Ewers, 51, of Gloucester has been charged with wounding with intent, attempting to wound with intent and possession of an offensive weapon in public. He remains in custody and is expected in court on Monday.
The latest incidents have led to worry among residents and visitors to the city.
Millie Powell, 16, from Stroud, said: “I come to Gloucester regularly each week and I am more wary now about who is about. It is not nice to hear about people using knives, it does seem more common now than it has done before.”
John Hoppner, 19, from Minchinhampton, said: “Gloucester is changing and there are some people who seem happy to carry knives around with them. It is dangerous and you don’t ever want to get involved in any trouble in case someone has a knife.”
Dander Williams, who lives near the scene of the Cromwell Street incident, said: “There are all kinds of people in this area and you don’t always know who they are.
“If you know your neighbours, you feel safer.
“I don’t feel unsafe, but you worry when someone is attacked on your doorstep.”
Police insist knife crime is not out of control in Gloucester and that the city is no different to many others across Britain.
Detective Inspector Ian Ginn has led the investigation into the murder of Neil Bennett, who was fatally stabbed near Gloucester Park in July last year. He said: “People should not be worried, it is such a low proportion of violent crime. We will carry on with our knife amnesties and crime prevention operations. The general population should not be worried.”