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20 year-old robbed at knifepoint in Guildford

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20 year-old robbed at knifepoint in Guildford

Published at 1:44pm 6th March 2019. (Updated at 1:47pm 6th March 2019)

In the week that the Home Secretary claimed knife crime is a "national emergency", a man is robbed at knifepoint in Guildford.

The 20 year-old was approached by three males in York Road at around 9:20pm on Monday (March 4), who demanded he hand over his bag.

They threatened him with the weapon before taking the bag which had items inside worth around £50 as well as some cash.

Speaking to Eagle Radio, the victim said they told him to go down a nearby alleyway, which he refused to do. He  then got hit to the back of the head three of four times, before being thrown into the middle of the road.

"I didn't really know what was going on, I was in shock. It just happened all of a sudden" he said.

"I pretty much thought, I could die now."

He said by chance a car happened to be driving along the road at that time and a man got out to confront the attackers, who scarpered in the direction of nearby Falcon Road.

"All three of them dashed because the matey who got out of the car was massive" he added.

"They dropped me off to my girlfriend's and made sure I got there alright. I want to say thank you so much because they might have saved my life. I don't think I was going to die, but stuff like that does happen."

York Road
York Road, Guildford

Police are investigating the incident and have since carried out a number of enquiries.

The first man is described as:

  • White
  • 6ft tall
  • Clean shaven
  • Wearing a burgundy jacket

The second man is described as:

  • White
  • Shorter than the first man
  • Mousey blonde hair
  • Had a tattoo of a swallow on his hand
  • Wearing a blue jacket 
  • Carrying a black bag

The third man is described as

  • White
  • Similar height to the second man
  • Short dark hair
  • Wearing a black jacket with a white t-shirt underneath

Anyone who witnessed Monday's incident, or has any other information which could help, is asked to call them on 101, quoting crime reference number PR/45190023390. You can also get in touch online via Surrey Police's website.

Information can also be sent totally anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers.

The incident comes as the Home Secretary claims that knife crime in the UK has become a "national emergency".

Sajid Javid has today met senior police chiefs today after a recent surge in these types of incidents sparked a debate over police officer numbers in England and Wales, which have dropped by more than 20,000 since 2010.

At least 35 people are suspected to have been deliberately stabbed to death since the start of the year.

Police have asked the home secretary to lift restrictions on "stop and search" powers to deal with a rise in knife crime.

Mr Javid has insisted he is absolutely committed to working with them to tackle violent crime.

Despite the recent surge in knife crime elsewhere, Surrey still has the lowest rate of offences in England and Wales.

For the year previous to September 2018 there were 65 offences using a knife or sharp instrument in Surrey, a 35 per cent increase on the figure in 2017, but it also shows no change in the number of offences recorded seven years ago.

York Road
York Road, Guildford

The victim from Monday's incident said people still need to be aware of the potential risk, though: "I've never had anything happen to me like this in my life.

"You wouldn't think it would happen it Guildford, I love living in Guildford. 

"I still think it's a lovely place, but there's good and bad people everywhere. I still feel safe in Guildford. I'd say roll around with one of your mates or something, because you never know.

"I think everyone wants to think they're bad nowadays and want to be like they're from London so I think that's why they carry knives. But no one even uses knives around here, it's a bit cowardly if you ask me.

"I just think it's evil, it's cowardly. It's one thing robbing someone but using a knife, that doesn't make you a big man it makes you a nutter."


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