Cotmanhay stabbing, police searching drains on Bridge street.
Cotmanhay stabbing, police searching drains on Bridge street.

NEIGHBOURS have been left stunned after a brutal knife attack left a man fighting for his life this week.

Police are hunting for a gang of men after the 50-year-old suffered repeated stabs to his neck at the junction of Trueman Street and Bridge Street in Cotmanhay at about 10.45pm on Sunday night.

He was taken to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham by medical staff where he remained in a critical condition in intensive care until Tuesday morning, but has now stabilised.

A police spokesman said that he was only able to tell them that he was attacked by a group of men.

Neighbours at the scene on Monday morning told the Advertiser said that they were shocked at the violent attack.

A concerned mother, who did not want to be named, said: “At one time it used to be bad round here but not anymore – you don’t see as much trouble

“It’s scary – I’ve got kids and this makes you think twice about letting them out.”

Another neighbour, who lives in front of the spot where the man was attacked, said: “We didn’t hear anything. The police have been here all morning. It’s awful.”

Bridge Street was closed from the junction with Cotmanhay Road until the early hours of Monday morning while police searched for the attackers and any clues which may have been left behind.

Officers were seen using rods to search drains in the area in a bid to find the weapon.

Derbyshire police’s Det Insp Tim Cadman said: “This was a serious attack and we are appealing for any witnesses, or anyone with information, to come forward.

“If you don’t wish to speak to officers, you can always contact Crimestoppers in confidence.

“We have been conducting house-to-house inquiries and task force officers have been searching streets and parks in the area to try and locate the knife and any other evidence which will help with the investigation.”

Cotmanhay councillor John Booth said that he was speechless when he heard what had happened.

“I’m completely shocked,” he said.

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