Knife attack brings town centre to a halt

WITNESSES to a knife attack on a busy Saturday evening have described their shock at the “carnage” which unfolded in Harrogate town centre.

Two men were injured in the attack, which began in the Oceans 11 takeaway in Kings Road around 8pm and spilled onto the street outside.

Dan Clare, 38, who was about to catch a taxi home after a meal with his girlfriend, walked around the corner into Kings Road and was shocked by the scene in front of him.

He said: “We looked up and just saw absolute carnage on the pavement in front of us.

“There was a couple running towards us saying, ‘Don’t go down there, there’s a guy who is stabbing people’.

“There were three chefs trying to restrain him and one of them was hitting him over the head with a big metal tray.

“As that was going on, a guy in a black tank top with a white shirt was staggering towards us clutching his neck with blood spurting out. He collapsed on the floor and we didn’t know what to do.”

The attacker then began heading towards Dan and his girlfriend. Another witness managed to knock the knife from his hand, but Dan said his only thought was to prevent the man from running off.

Along with two other men dressed in suits, Dan closed in on the attacker. One of the other men pulled the attacker’s legs out from under him and the trio then pinned him down, Dan holding his head down until the police arrived.

“Harrogate is such a nice place that, especially at 8pm on a summer’s evening, to walk straight into that is the last think we would have expected,” he said.

The takeaway owner, aged 41, and a 25-year-old employee were both taken to hospital with injuries consistent with a knife attack and have since been discharged.

l A 41-year-old man appeared at Harrogate Magistrates’ Court on Monday charged with two counts of wounding with intent and one count of possessing an offensive weapon. Felix Alexander Cutting, of Park View, Harrogate, was remanded in custody and is due to make an initial appearance at York Crown Court on Monday, July 18.