Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Stanley Knife Thug Stabs Three Staff at Off-Licence

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Stanley Knife Thug Stabs Three Staff at Off-Licence

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THREE people were stabbed during a vicious Stanley knife attack at a late night off-licence in Chorlton.

The knifeman lashed out after being challenged by staff at Boozy Buster, on Upper Chorlton Road, shortly after 3am yesterday.

Police say three members of staff were caught up in the violence when the man tried to leave the shop without paying.

One of the workers who was blocking the door grabbed the thief and the two other men joined in and tried to help.

One of the staff ended up with a cut on his head, another was stabbed in the neck and a third man was stabbed in the leg.

Police, who are appealing for witnesses, say a 42-year-old man was taken to hospital with serious injuries while the other two men, aged 29 and 45, had their wounds treated at the scene.

Det Insp Ben Cottam, of GMP's Trafford Team, said: "A man, who was just doing his job, has been left in hospital with serious injuries, and it's vital that we catch whoever did this. I want to offer my assurances that we have detectives working on this and we are doing all we can to catch the offender. If you know who was responsible, or you saw what happened, I urge you to get in touch as a matter of urgency."

Nearby shop owners and neighbours have spoken of their shock. Ary Mirza, 27, who works at Chorlton Barbers, said that it was out of character for the area.

He said: "To be honest you don't get that kind of thing around here, I've not seen anything like this before. After 10 o'clock you can get drunk people and kids hanging around but nothing like this.

"I'm just shocked really, and I hope that the people are OK because I know them. I just didn't expect this, I'm really, really shocked.

After 10 can get drunk and kids around but like Ary "I won't be making any changes to how we run things but I hope that they are ok."

A nearby shop owner, who asked not to be named, said he was considering installing CCTV in light of the incident.

He said: "This is quite a quiet area, I've not seen many problems.

"I'm really shocked, I would never have thought that this could happen. …

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