UPDATED: Appeal for witnesses and to identify victims following Bedworth incident
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UPDATED 10.25am 24/04/22: The 33-year-old man who was arrested in connection with this incident has been detained under the Mental Health Act following a mental health assessment.
Officers from the Bedworth Safer Neighbourhood Team continue to patrol the town centre to offer reassurance to the local community so if you do have any concerns, please do come and talk to them.
UPDATED - 16.35, 23/04: Following this incident, another man and a woman were treated in hospital for stab wounds and later discharged. There were therefore three people believed to be stabbed and eight further victims who sustained minor injuries. The suspect remains in custody and will receive a mental health assessment.
We are appealing for witnesses and to identify any other potential victims following an incident in Bedworth this morning.
Shortly after 8am (Saturday, 23 April) officers were called to reports that a number of people had been assaulted in Bedworth town centre.
It is believed a man has walked along Coventry Road and then Gilbert Close where he has assaulted a number of members of the public.
A man in his 20s is believed to have been stabbed and was taken to hospital where he remains in a stable condition. Ten other victims have been identified as having suffered minor injuries and are assisting officers with the investigation.
A 33-year-man from Bedworth was arrested in connection with this incident and remains in police custody at this time.
Detective Sergeant Rich Simpkins said: “This was a nasty incident which has left a number of people with injuries and I know this will cause the community great concern.
“The public can expect to see a heightened police presence in and around Bedworth town centre to provide reassurance while our officers continue to conduct their enquiries.
“We have a man in custody and are not looking for any further suspects in connection with this incident.
“We know that a number of people were in the area at around the time of the incident and that there may be more members of the public who may have been approached or assaulted by the suspect.
“If you were approached by the suspect or may have witnessed the incident, I would urge you to get in touch. Any information you may have could really assist with our investigation.”
Any witnesses or anyone who was approached by the suspect is asked to report this by calling 101 quoting incident number 91 of 23 April. In addition, anyone with mobile phone or dashcam footage of the Coventry Road and Gilbert Close area between 7.45am and 8.05am this morning is also asked to get in touch.
Information can also be provided anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.