Rib break for guard as knifeman strikes
9:10am Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in Latest News
A security guard was left with broken ribs after he was confronted by a knife man in the street in the early hours of the morning.
Police are appealing for witnesses following the assault in Gloucester Street, in the town centre, at about 4am on Saturday, October 12.
The security guard, who was working at a business premises, was patrolling when he spotted something suspicious on CCTV and went to investigate.
But he was confronted by a man armed with what police describe as a kitchen knife. The knifeman attempted to stab the unnamed guard. In the resulting scuffle the victim sustained suspected broken ribs.
The offender fled the scene but the knife was recovered by detectives. The guard was taken to Great Western Hospital for treatment. It is understood he has since been discharged.
The suspect is described as a white man, between 5ft 8ins and 5ft 10ins, with short dark hair. He was wearing a black body warmer with a white long-sleeved T-shirt underneath.
Officers have released an e-fit of a man they wish to speak to urgently in relation to the assault.
Detective Constable Rachel Hardy, of Swindon CID, said the victim was left shaken by the attack and appealed for the culprit to give himself up.
“This was a terrifying ordeal that has left the victim understandably shaken and distressed,” she said.
“If you know this man then please contact Wiltshire Police immediately. Likewise, if you are this person then, again, contact us immediately.
“We are also keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident to also make contact.”
A Wiltshire police spokesman added: “The victim had been going about his duties and had seen something on CCTV. He went to find out what was going on.
“At this point an altercation occurred and he suffered broken ribs in the assault.
“The knife was recovered at the scene. CCTV enquiries are ongoing.”
Information can be passed directly to the Swindon CID via 101 or anonymously via Crime-stoppers on 0800 555 111.