Police are today searching the area where a 35-year-old man was ‘fatally wounded’ in Northampton.
The man died in hospital less than an hour after the attack near Lazeez restaurant in Barrack Road in the town centre at around 5.30pm on Friday.
Police have remained at the site this morning, keeping it cordoned off, and a search team have begun to inspect the area by digging through drains outside the restaurant.
A nearby resident, who lost her own son after a similar incident some years ago, said: “It’s absolutely terrible, and it’s very frightening so close to where we live.
“That man was somebody’s son, or somebody’s brother. I’ve been there and this has brought all those feelings back.
“The amount of crime that goes on in this area of town is unbelievable, so I can’t say I’m at all surprised that something like this has happened, but I hope they catch the person or persons responsible soon.
“It’s amazing that it happened so early in the evening; for the one woman that stopped to help the victim, plenty more must have just walked past.”
Emergency services were called out to the scene at 5.25pm yesterday and the call was categorised as “immediately life-threatening”.
An ambulance spokeswoman said: “The caller reported an incident on Barrack Road, Northampton. Our emergency operations centre categorised the call as immediately life-threatening and sent an ambulance to respond.
“The crew arrived on scene within eight minutes of the call being picked up and took the patient to the Northampton General Hospital.”
Bedfore they arrived, a passerby and her young son attempted to help the man by delivering first aid.
Police were also called to the scene of the incident and taped off the area, but the restaurant remained open.
They have urged anyone with information to call Northamptonshire Police on 101 or, alternatively, Crimestoppers, anonymously, on: 0800 555111.