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‘Plates smashing’ as man attacked with knife while he ate lunch in cafe

ByReport2

Jun 9, 2022

Armed police swarmed a busy high street after a man was slashed while eating lunch in a café.

Merseyside Police rushed to The Whistle Stop Café on Picton Road, Wavertree, at around 1.55pm on Thursday, June 9, following reports of an assault. Once at the scene officers found a man was slashed inside the café, and asked the ambulance service to attend.

The man suffered slash injuries to his arm and was rushed to hospital by ambulance. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

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Merseyside Police believe the attacker, a man, left the scene in a dark coloured vehicle. Eyewitnesses who work on Picton Road said it was "pandemonium" on the busy street after the incident happened, with armed police, officers and paramedics all responding to the incident.

One shop worker said she heard "plates smash" at around 2pm and when she went to see what was happened saw people outside the café.

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She told The ECHO : "I heard plates smash on the floor and then saw two men outside the shop and somebody shouting at a man to 'get out'. The man got into a car on the side road (Wellington Grove) and drove away along Picton (towards Rathbone Road).

"The shutters went down straight away and then all the police arrived. There were armed police everywhere on the street, paramedics and everything. Now they have put a cordon up around the café."

Another eyewitness said: "The two men were eating in the café and then one of them slashed the other. It's scary, especially when it gets closer and closer to where you work, and then it happens on your doorstep."

A cordon was placed around The Whistle Stop Café when police arrived at the scene and forensics officers were seen working inside the business. Police said an investigation is underway and witness and CCTV enquiries are being carried out in the area.

A spokesperson from the force said: "Anyone who was in the area of Picton Road at just before 2pm who saw or heard anything suspicious or believes they captured anything significant on their vehicle’s dash cam is asked to DM @MerPolCC or @CrimestoppersUK anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting log 496 of 9th June."

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