Police detain man, 33, under mental health act after at least 11 people were injured in town center knife rampage
- Police ‘tasered’ and arrested the lone attacker, 33, after the Bedworth incident
- He is alleged to have assaulted at least 11 people before he was finally arrested
- The Bedworth suspect has now been detained under the Mental Health Act
- Detective Sergeant Rich Simpkins described shock attack as a ‘nasty incident’
A 33-year-old man who was arrested after at least 11 people were injured in a knife attack has been detained under the Mental Health Act.
It comes after a rampage in Bedworth town centre, just north of Coventry, on Saturday morning, which saw three people suffering stab wounds, and eight with minor injuries, Warwickshire Police said.
Following a mental health assessment, the suspect, from Bedworth, was arrested.
Police believe the man walked along Coventry Road and Gilbert Close, where he attacked at least 11 people just before 8am.
Officers said the victims identified so far are helping with the investigation.
Google Streetview of Leicester Road in Bedworth, Warwickshire, where a man allegedly stabbed and attacked several people on Saturday morning
Detective Sergeant Rich Simpkins has appealed for witnesses and the injured to come forward if they have not already.
He said: ‘This was a nasty incident which has left a number of people with injuries and I know this will cause the community great concern.
‘The public can expect to see a heightened police presence in and around Bedworth town center to provide reassurance while our officers continue to conduct their enquiries.’
Several people were in the area at the time and they may have been approached by the man, police said.
Yesterday, police appealed for potential victims to come forward, after three people were taken to hospital.
Two men and a woman suffered stab wounds and eight others were injured.
A shopkeeper claimed a man ‘assaulted people coming from town and supposedly kicked a man’s dog’ before ‘pulling a pair of scissors on staff’ inside a shop in Bedworth, near Coventry, at 8am yesterday.
One of the victims, a man in his 20s, was in a stable condition in hospital on Saturday evening, while the second man and a woman had been discharged.
‘One of our customers was going into the town, the man had a go at him, then they came back up here covered in blood’, the shopkeeper told the Coventry Telegraph.
The suspected attacker allegedly threatened people as he stormed up and down Leicester Road, near to the One Stop store in the town.
A Warwickshire Police spokesman said: ‘Officers were called to reports that a number of people had been assaulted — a man in his 20s is believed to have been stabbed and remains in hospital in a stable condition, while a further 10 victims have been identified as having sustained minor injuries.
A lone attacker allegedly stabbed a man in his 20s with a pair of scissors on Leicester Road
‘A 33-year-man from Bedworth was arrested in connection with this incident and remains in police custody at this time.’
‘We have a man in custody and are not looking for any further suspects in connection with this incident.
‘We know that a number of people were in the area at around the time of the incident and that there may be more members of the public who may have been approached or assaulted.
‘If you were approached or may have witnessed the incident, I would urge you to get in touch. Any information you may have could really assist with our investigation.’
Anyone with information, or with dashcam or phone footage of the Coventry Road and Gilbert Close area between 7.45am and 8.05am should call 101 quoting incident number 91 of 23 April.
Details can also be provided anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.