Darwen screwdriver attacker is caught on CCTV

Lancashire Telegraph: CCTV  Police want to talk to this man CCTV Police want to talk to this man

THIS is the man that police are searching for after a charity worker was stabbed 14 times with a screwdriver in Darwen.

The 42-year-old man was subjected to the ‘unprovoked and frenzied’ attack after refusing to hand over his belongings to a thief, as he walked along Blackburn Road.

The would-be thief began stabbing the man who works at Reto charity shop, also in Blackburn Road, in the head arms and body.

After falling into the road the victim ran for help at the Savoy petrol station, but was followed by his attacker.

Detectives have now released a picture of the man they believe to be responsible.

DI Jill Johnson, who is leading the investigation, said: “This was a violent, frenzied and nasty attack on a man simply walking down the street.

“I urge anyone who recognises this man to come forward and contact police.

“Luckily, this victim did not suffer life changing injuries but that easily could have been very different. I also appeal for anyone who witnessed the attack to come forward as they may hold vital evidence.”

The victim was left with 14 stab wounds, the worse of which was in the back of the head.

He was treated at the Royal Blackburn Hospital and released on Monday.

The attacker is described as white, 5ft 11ins tall, about 35-years-old with short dark hair.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 55 111.

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1:33pm Wed 30 Jan 13

slimitus says...

The CCTV cameras around blackburn / darwen are probably not the best method of trying to catch a serious criminal. I suggest the police stop being so cheap and get proper cameras.
The CCTV cameras around blackburn / darwen are probably not the best method of trying to catch a serious criminal. I suggest the police stop being so cheap and get proper cameras. slimitus

1:34pm Wed 30 Jan 13

slimitus says...

How the hell can you possibly identify anyone with that garbage? I can paint better pictures than that, and i can't paint.
How the hell can you possibly identify anyone with that garbage? I can paint better pictures than that, and i can't paint. slimitus

3:21pm Wed 30 Jan 13

warren2007 says...

must have just missed it went to work at eight in the morning police everywere if id seen it i,d have run the b.....d over
must have just missed it went to work at eight in the morning police everywere if id seen it i,d have run the b.....d over warren2007

5:06pm Wed 30 Jan 13

witchypoo says...

When did the attack take place? The article does not say.
When did the attack take place? The article does not say. witchypoo

2:55pm Sat 2 Feb 13

Lawlesschat says...

slimitus says...
1:33pm Wed 30 Jan 13

The CCTV cameras around blackburn / darwen are probably not the best method of trying to catch a serious criminal. I suggest the police stop being so cheap and get proper cameras.

If the police have no other leads then the unfortunate reality is they will have to make use of what they do actually have.
In fairness, if he's a local man then someone who knows him should identify him from that pic.
You can't expect the police to kit out private premises with CCTV camera's? Can you imagine how much that would cost?
Furthermore, I don't know many people who'd be happy with police cameras on every street and ever corner! It's just not practical nor financially manageable.
slimitus says... 1:33pm Wed 30 Jan 13 The CCTV cameras around blackburn / darwen are probably not the best method of trying to catch a serious criminal. I suggest the police stop being so cheap and get proper cameras. If the police have no other leads then the unfortunate reality is they will have to make use of what they do actually have. In fairness, if he's a local man then someone who knows him should identify him from that pic. You can't expect the police to kit out private premises with CCTV camera's? Can you imagine how much that would cost? Furthermore, I don't know many people who'd be happy with police cameras on every street and ever corner! It's just not practical nor financially manageable. Lawlesschat

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