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Stabbing of St Austell man sparks hunt

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: December 07, 2012

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A MANHUNT is under way after a St Austell man was stabbed in Newquay.

Police want to trace 57-year-old John Bellman in connection with the incident on Monday.

A man was left in a serious condition at around 1.25pm after he was stabbed in the chest inside premises in the Mount Wise area.

The 48-year-old victim is believed to have staggered to Newquay Hospital where he received treatment before being airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

The weapon used in the attack has not yet been found.

Inspector Dave Meredith said: "Knife crime is exceptionally rare in Newquay. I can't remember a similar incident like this. We are doing everything we can to investigate it. CID officers are investigating this incident and extra patrols are being mounted in the local area."

The man's condition was described earlier this week as "serious but stable".

Police have raised concerns for the welfare of Mr Bellman, who they believe may have sustained an injury during the incident.

A spokesman said: "Although we do not believe that Mr Bellman represents a threat to other members of the public, I would ask that if he is seen then to exercise caution not to approach him and report this sighting to the police."

Neighbours close to the scene of Monday's assault said they were shocked to hear about the incident.

One, who wished to remain anonymous, said he and his family had only moved to the resort four weeks ago. "We moved from Birmingham for peace and quiet and to get away from gun crime and stabbings," he said. "To see this kind of thing happening here is a bit of a shock."

Another resident commented online: "My son and his friends do not feel safe walking the streets in the evening and can't understand why the police don't seem to do anything about it. What are they waiting for – someone to be killed? Come on police and do something so people can walk round in the evening and feel safe."

Anyone with information on the assault, or on Mr Bellman's location, is asked to call police on 101, police reference 299 031212.

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