Stab victim backs police appeal

PUBLISHED: 11:00 13 June 2013

Stab attack victim Cameron Chudley. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 3364-23-13AW

Stab attack victim Cameron Chudley. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 3364-23-13AW

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Honiton man stabbed in broad daylight.

A HONITON man has added to a police plea for help to catch a knife-wielding attack-er who stabbed him in broad daylight when he stepped in to stop a violent rampage.

Cameron Chudley, 21, was waiting for his bus home after a day’s work when he confronted a man who had randomly hit an innocent pensioner and tried to attack another man.

Labourer Cameron, of King’s Road, thought be had been punched but then noticed blood pouring down his arm.

“I was just sticking up for a random stranger and I got stabbed – it was scary. There was so much blood,” he said.

Detectives are yet to trace the man responsible for the three assaults in Sidmouth town centre on the afternoon of Friday, March 15. They happened in front of scores of onlookers.

Victims were this week still suffering the consequences of his ‘shocking’ actions.

A 70-year-old man who was punched in the face in Church Street still has an eye injury and has been left unable to read.

Another man was able to avoid the offender’s punches shortly after.

Cameron tried to intervene, and ended up covered in blood with a gaping knife wound on his arm, near the bus stop at the Three Cornered Plot.

He said he only realised the extent of his injuries after he had chased the attacker - and then ran to hospital.

Cameron needed four stitches in a three-inch deep gash.

He has only just recovered enough to be able to work – but is yet to land a job.

“This person needs to be caught,” said Cameron. “If this can happen in the middle of the day in Sidmouth, it could happen anywhere.”

Police Constable Angela Galasso, of Exmouth CID, still wants witnesses to come forward.

She described the assaults as ‘shocking’ and said Cameron’s actions probably prevented others being assaulted.

The offender is described as a white male with brown, longish hair with facial stubble wearing an oversized top and dark jeans.

PC Galasso believes the culprit might have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Contact PC 6402 Angela Galasso at Exmouth CID with information on 101, crime reference: KS/13/131.


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