People in a city neighbourhood where three men were stabbed yesterday afternoon say they are angry at the young men who brought violence to their street.
Police are searching for four suspects after the men sustained stab wounds during a confrontation in a car park in Gwendolen Road, near its junction with Evington Valley Road, in the Evington area of the city.
Two of the injured men were targeted while they were sitting in a car in the privately-owned car park, while the third man was found Darley Street, in the neighbouring area of Highfelds a short time later.
People who live and work in the area said they had seen nothing of the incident but that word of what had happened had spread quickly through the neighbourhood.
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One said: “It’s just not right that we’ve had people stabbed here in a busy area in the middle of the day.
“Some people are running around this community thinking they can do whatever they want.
“But the police will catch up with them.
“God only knows why they do these things.
“But they need to wake up because they will kill someone one of these days.”
Another man, who works in the Gwendolen Road area said: “If you use a knife against someone you do not know whether they will live or die.
“There is a problem among some young men.
“Some seem to think that carrying a knife – and even using it – makes them big and respected.
“We need to do something as a community to get rid of that kind of thinking.”
Leicestershire Police said it received a call at 4.15pm reporting that the two men, both in their 20s, had been sitting in a car when a brick was thrown at its window.
They were then attacked and stabbed by a gang of men.
One of the injured men was taken to hospital and has since been discharged.
The other suffered what police said they believed to have been minor injuries. However, he left the scene.
Approximately half an hour later, at 4.42pm, police were told a third man, who is also in his 20s, had been seen in Darley Street, off Melbourne Road, Highfields, and that he appeared to be injured.
Officers arrived and found that he had also been stabbed.
Detectives believe he had sustained his injuries during the Gwendolen Street incident.
He has been taken to hospital where he currently remains. His condition is described as serious but stable.
Police remained in the neighbourhood throughout today, looking for potential witnesses and CCTV footage.