Shock after Chapelfield stabbing

MARK NICHOLLS Floral tributes last night marked the spot where a 30-year-old security guard was stabbed to death outside a music store in a busy Norwich shopping centre.


Floral tributes mark the spot where a 30-year-old security guard was stabbed to death outside a music store in a busy Norwich shopping centre.

Work colleagues of father-of-two Paul Cavanagh left emotive messages on bouquets outside the HMV store in Chapelfield, where he was attacked on Monday afternoon, while stunned staff from other stories in the centre left more flowers.

Norfolk police have launched a murder inquiry after the incident and arrested youths aged 18 and 19 close to the city centre shortly after the attack. Last night, detectives were given a further 24 hours to question the 19-year-old while the boy of 18 was released on police bail to report back to a police station in January.

Mr Cavanagh, who lived with his partner at Rockland St Mary near Norwich and worked as a member of security staff at HMV, was seriously injured when he was stabbed in the neck just before 3.20pm. He was initially treated by paramedics at the scene but was pronounced dead at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital at 4.30pm.

Throughout Tuesday a steady stream of sympathisers left flowers behind a cordon outside the music store, which remained sealed off while forensic teams carried out an examination of the scene.

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“To a great colleague, sadly missed,” read a note pinned to one bunch, “our thoughts are with you and your family” said another.

There were tributes from the C-Shift security team and other stores in the Chapelfield centre.

A note attached to one bunch read: “No-one deserves what you went through.”

It is understood that Mr Cavanagh's partner, who also works at Chapelfield, is pregnant.

A 34-year-old local Norwich man, who also worked as a member of security staff at the Chapelfield Shopping Centre, was also injured during the incident.

He received a stab wound to his shoulder. He was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for treatment and has now been discharged.

Following a number of police resources being deployed, including uniform officers, dog units and the Force helicopter, the two teenagers were arrested - one after a short chase on foot in the Queens Road area of Norwich and the second man was arrested in Hall Road near to Hobart Square in Norwich

Both are from the London area. They remain in custody and are being questioned at separate police stations in the county.

Terrified shoppers have described the moment they saw a suspect run past them drenched in blood following a fatal stabbing.

A 19-year-old woman, who did not want to be named, said she saw one of the suspects run past her and towards the St Stephen's Street exit to the store shortly after the stabbing.

She said. “His back was covered in blood and his nose and all around his mouth was also covered in blood.”

Eye-witnesses said the man was being chased by the multi-million pound centre's security staff and was carrying a knife.

John Batchelor, 26, a chef from Norwich, who was shopping in the centre at the time of the attack, said: “There were people running down the escalators. People from the ambulance were carrying a stretcher and the police were walking behind them.”

Matt Ware, ambulance spokesman, said: “We were called by a person at HMV first and then we had about six calls from members of the public on their mobiles. The bike paramedic was the first on the scene and then we had two ambulances and a rapid response vehicle. One had a stab wound to the shoulder blade and the other had severe blood loss.”

Chapelfield spokeswoman Sheridan Smith said: “This tragic event was a huge shock to everyone at Chapelfield and our thoughts and condolences are with Paul Cavanagh's family and friends. The safety and security of all our customers and staff are always of paramount importance to us. We work proactively with Norfolk Constabulary at all times and are liaising very closely with them on this tragic incident.

“Chapelfield has a dedicated security presence which consists of constant foot patrols, camera controls and retailer liaison, covering the malls, car park and external areas 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

“The centre has a state-of-the-art digital cctv system that covers all areas and obviously during our busiest trading time the security presence is enhanced.”