A group of bicycle-riding youths have stabbed a man in Swindon this afternoon, sparking a police manhunt.
Wiltshire Air Ambulance medics were called to the scene of a serious assault in Ferndale Road at around 2.15pm today.
An eyewitness told Wiltshire 999s that their victim was ‘stabbed twice’.
Police have sealed off the busy road as a crime scene between Northern Road and Cheney Manor Road, with members of the public reporting heavy traffic in the area.
Det Sgt Adrian Bray, from Swindon CID, said: “Officers were at the scene within five minutes but the suspects had already left.
“Extensive searches of the area have been carried out but at this stage nobody has been arrested.
“Our early enquiries have led us to believe that between 1.45pm and 2.15pm the victim was followed by a group of four or five youths from the Western Flyer underpass, near to Harcourt Road, to Ferndale Road.
“Then, after the assault, they made off up Northern Road towards the Pinehurst direction.
“We know there were people in the area who probably saw these people fleeing the scene, most likely on pushbikes, and could have vital information which could assist with our enquiries.
“If you can help, or if you have dash cam footage or CCTV which could help with our investigation, then please call Swindon CID on 101, quoting log 177 of today (17/10). Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”
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