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Landlady's story after stabbing

PUBLISHED: 14:07 17 January 2002 | UPDATED: 11:11 03 March 2010

POLICE are today quizzing a 33-year-old man in connection with a street fight in Ipswich that left another man seriously ill in hospital with a stab wound.

POLICE are today quizzing a 33-year-old man in connection with a street fight in Ipswich that left another man seriously ill in hospital with a stab wound.

The 28-year-old victim, who is believed to be Algerian, sustained a deep knife wound to just below the shoulder during the altercation, which broke out shortly after 5pm close to Ipswich town centre.

Staff in the Hare and Hounds pub on Norwich Road told of their horror as the two men fell through the door – one of them clutching a "large kitchen knife".

"They bundled through the door already arguing," said a part-time barmaid.

"As soon as I saw one of them had a knife I called the police. I'm not sure if he was stabbed before or after he got here. I think it was outside because that's where most of the blood was.

About four customers were drinking in the bar when the two men bust in, through a side door of the pub leading to Orford Street.

"It all happened so quickly," said the 21-year-old who declined to be named.

Landlady at the Hare and Hounds Linda Smith said she tried to calm the injured man down until the ambulance arrived.

"I was upstairs having a cup of tea when the barmaid shouted to me that someone had fallen through the door and had been stabbed.

"I sat him down and got some bar towels with ice in them," she said, adding that the man with the knife had fled the scene.

"He seemed all right, he couldn't speak a lot of English I don't think. I just kept him sat down – I was only down here a few minutes and the police and ambulance turned up.

"There was blood on the door and drops through the pub. As soon as the police got here I got the mop and bucket and started to clear up," she said.

"I just want to let everybody know it was nothing to do with the pub what so ever. It wasn't our customers that was involved. As far as I know nobody recognised them.

"It had obviously happened up the road."

A customer at the pub who also declined to be named said: "I just came in for a quiet pint but when I got here the place was swarming with police and they had started to cordon the road off."

Immediately after the incident police sealed off Orford Street, leading from the back door of the Hare and Hounds, up to the junction with Ann Street and South Street.

Anyone with information or anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to called Suffolk Police on 01473 613997.

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