Police hunting for suspect after knife attack on man at Great Yarmouth's Britannia Pier
PUBLISHED: 09:41 04 February 2018 | UPDATED: 17:24 05 February 2018
Police are hunting for a suspect after a knife attack on a man in Great Yarmouth.
Police were called to the Britannia Pier at just before 1.30am today after reports two men had been involved in an altercation.
A man in his 20s had suffered knife wounds to his stomach. He was taken to the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston, where he remains in a stable condition.
The suspect, also believed to be in his 20s, fled the scene. Police are looking for him and appealed for help from the public in tracking him down. They say he is a white man, about 5ft 11in, slim with dark hair and a beard.
Police tape was this morning still in place around the entrance to the Britannia pier, with officers having sealed off the crime scene.
Great Yarmouth residents reacted to the news and said the sight of police tape is becoming all too familiar.
Pat Hillier, 62, was confronted by the scene while out walking her dog.
She said: “It’s not unusual I’m afraid, it’s becoming an almost weekly occurrence.
“It is heartbreaking but it is becoming a common sight around Yarmouth.”
Mrs Hillier added: “There are so many good people here as well that’s the sad thing - we need to clamp down.”
Concerns were also raised about the impact such crime may have on the town’s tourism trade.
Moira Scott-Peek, 51, runs The Prom Hotel, opposite the pier and branded the attack “awful”.
She said: “I saw the police tape as I came to work and thought something awful has happened again.
“It is worrying for other people in the town and for holiday makers who see it.
“Hopefully it is not off-putting for customers but there is a lot of it going in the country.
“We try and make our businesses nice and safe for people to come to Yarmouth – we don’t want any trouble.”
Officers are keen to hear from anyone who saw the attack or anyone who has information about it.
Witnesses should contact Great Yarmouth Police on 101 quoting ref 36/6984/18 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.