Sunderland stab victim remains critical as police continue investigation

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A MAN is still fighting for his life after a stabbing in a Sunderland street

The man, named locally as George Dagg, was found with life-threatening injuries in Purley Road, Plains Farm, in the early hours of yesterday.

Scene at Purley Road in Plains Farm

Scene at Purley Road in Plains Farm

He remains in Sunderland Royal Hospital being treated for what is described by police as a “serious stab wound” to his leg. He was found at 4.20am.

Four people were arrested in connection with the stabbing. Two have been released on bail, but the other two were still in custody last night.

Residents have spoken of their shock after waking up to find a large-scale police operation on their doorsteps, with a number of streets cordoned off and a forensics tent pitched on the pavement.

Lee Stewart, 28, whose home in Primate Road overlooks the scene, said he had seen people with knives in the street previously, adding: “I tend to keep out of the way. I was on nightshift at work, but I came home ill at about midnight,” he told the Echo. “When I got up at 7am, there were police everywhere.”

A woman, who did not want to be named, said she had lived in Purley Road for 20 years.

“It’s quiet, this road,” she said. “We never have anything happen here. We’ve heard someone’s been stabbed.”

Another neighbour said he heard a police helicopter between 5am and 5.30am.

He added that he thought there had been some police activity related to the incident in Thorney Close.

A police spokeswoman said: “At 4.20am on Monday, police received a call from the ambulance service of a man in the street suffering from a serious stab wound to his leg at Purley Road in Plains Farm.

“The 53-year-old was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital for treatment, where he remains. His injuries are described as life-threatening.

“Four people have been arrested in connection with the incident. Inquiries continue.”

Superintendent Jim Napier, of the police’s Sunderland area command, added: “We have extra officers in the area to offer reassurance to residents. I’d ask anyone with concerns to speak to them.

“Detectives are continuing to investigate the incident.

“We would urge anyone with information or any witnesses to come forward as their information could be vital to assist with inquiries.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 ext 69191, quoting log number 146 of 02/06/14, or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.