Gloucestershire Police has appealed directly to the public after footage of a serious assault was shared across social media.
In a post shared on the Gloucestershire Facebook page, DCI Neil Smith said:
‘Many of you will be aware of the incident that took place in Barton Street, Gloucester yesterday evening (Monday) that involved two men being stabbed.
‘We are carrying out an attempted murder investigation in connection with this.
‘Shortly after the attack, a member of the public shared with us some mobile phone footage of the attack, this will now form part of our investigation and prosecution case.
‘We have now been made aware that this footage has been circulated across numerous media platforms and is being shared between phones users.
‘Can I please remind you all that this footage depicts the most horrendous series of events, the victims are badly injured, and the last thing they or their families need is to have this played out on social media.
‘I need this to cease immediately please, just imagine if this was a member of your family. We must show compassion and respect for all involved’.
A statement regarding the incident, released by the force, confirmed:
‘A man remains in custody this morning, Tuesday 27 August, in connection with an incident where two men were stabbed.
‘Shortly before 7.30pm, yesterday police were called with a report a man had been assaulted and suffered multiple stab wounds.
‘Emergency services attended and a man aged in his 30s was taken by the ambulance service to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.
‘A man aged in his 20s was arrested last night on suspicion of attempted murder by armed police.
‘A second man was found to have suffered an injury to his arm during the incident, which also required hospital treatment. He has since been discharged from hospital.
‘Police cordons and road closures were put in place at the scene, and they will remain until further notice today while an investigation continues’.
Investigating officers are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information who has not yet spoken to police to contact them via 101 and quote incident number 426 of 26 August.