The blood-covered stabbing victim rushed into a Sainsbury’s Local in Loughton, Essex, and said “don’t be scared” as he begged for help, a witness says
A hero shopper used nappies to try to save a stabbing victim who was allegedly knifed through the window of his van in a suspected road rage attack.
Jamie Witchell was shopping at a Sainsbury’s Local in Loughton, Essex, when a bloodied man rushed in and told witnesses “don’t be scared” as he begged them to call for an ambulance.
The man had a “bad wound” on his wrist and a slash on his torso with blood “everywhere” as Jamie rushed to his aid along with staff and other shoppers.
Jamie said he grabbed a pack of nappies off a shelf and pressed them against the man’s wounds in a desperate attempt to stem the flow of blood and save him.
A spokesperson for Essex Police said the stabbing occurred at a junction following an “altercation” between the occupants of a white van and a red Ford Fiesta.
The stabbing victim then made his way to the Sainsbury’s Local, about a mile away, and pleaded for help from staff and customers.
Jamie told the local news website Everything Epping Forest: “He ran in, shouted ‘I beg you call an ambulance, don’t be scared’.
“He had a bad wound on his wrist and a slash on his torso. I grabbed a pack of nappies and wrapped them around his wounds. There was blood everywhere.
“The staff were great. The manager helped, called the ambulance and grabbed the first aid box. One other member of the public helped.”
The injured man ran back outside the shop, where Jamie made him sit down on the floor so he could wrap nappies around the wounds.
Jamie said the man was coherent and talking to paramedics when he was loaded into an ambulance.
A woman said the man told police that he was stabbed through the window of his van, Everything Epping Forest reported.
Staff who came to his aid were “fantastic”, she added.
Witnesses reported seeing the man “covered in blood” as he received help outside the shop.
A local resident wrote in a Facebook group: “We were there a little while back and all we saw was a man covered in blood sitting on the floor against a police van, it looked pretty bad. Hope he’s ok.”
A spokesperson for Essex Police said the man was taken to hospital and was in a life-threatening condition.
A 22-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of GBH with intent and both remained in police custody on Thursday, the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said: “We are appealing for witnesses or anyone with dash cam to come forward a man in a van was stabbed in Loughton.
“It happened in Langston Road, at the junction with Chigwell Lane (A1168) shortly after 7.25pm [Wednesday] and was reported to have followed an altercation between a white van and a red Ford Fiesta.
“Both vehicles left the scene but the injured man was later located in Church Hill and has been taken to hospital for treatment.
“He is described as being in a life-threatening condition.
“A man and a woman have since been arrested on suspicion of GBH and are currently in custody.
“The junction of Langston Road and Chigwell Lane is a busy one and we believe there will be people who saw what happened or have dash cam footage of it.”