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Arrest made after man stabbed twice in chest by dog walker in Thetford

PUBLISHED: 09:07 01 October 2017 | UPDATED: 14:45 01 October 2017

The area close to the underpass at the top of Vicarage Road in Thetford. Picture: Sonya Duncan

The area close to the underpass at the top of Vicarage Road in Thetford. Picture: Sonya Duncan

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A man in his 30s is recovering in hospital after being stabbed twice by a dog walker in Thetford.

Police were called to the area outside the sports centre on Croxton Road at around 10.15pm on Friday night to reports of a stabbing, and located the victim on the opposite side of the road, close to the underpass on Vicarage Road.

The air ambulance was called but not required as the victim was taken to hospital via road ambulance. His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening and he could be released later today.

As a result of “good local knowledge”, a 49-year-old man was arrested after a response from units including firearms, dogs and local officers.

He remains in custody.

Sgt Mick Andrew, of Thetford neighbourhood policing team, said: “Around 10.15pm we had a call that somebody had been stabbed. There had been an incident almost directly outside the sports centre and there has been an argument of some sort which resulted in the incident.

“The victim has then walked over the main road where we located him. The offender had walked off in the opposite direction. The victim was walking and talking and was able to give us a description of a male in his 40s walking a dog.

“From good local knowledge between officers somebody suggested a name of one person who matched the description and he was arrested.

“The victim went to Bury hospital and the suspect remains in custody.

“The injuries are not believed to be life-threatening and he is expected to be released later today. He had two puncture wounds in the clavicle area on his chest close to the shoulder.”

Any witnesses are asked to contact DC Debbie Johnston at Thetford CID on 101.

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