Brave helpers honoured for saving knife attack victims

By Doug Wootton | Wolverhampton | News | Published:

Ten people who arrived at the scene of a 'blood bath' following a brutal machete and knife attack have been rewarded for their quick-thinking and bravery.

Eight police officers joined an off-duty nurse and a member of the public to help at the scene

Eight police officers, an off-duty nurse and a member of the public came to the rescue following the savage attack in Wolverhampton in August last year.

West Midlands Pcs Victoria Cain and David Wild were driving on patrol along Goldthorn Hill, Wolverhampton, at about 6am on August 6 last year when they were confronted by two men who collapsed in front of their car.

They officers got out of their vehicle and found the pair were suffering from horrific injuries.

One had stab wounds to his chest, his lung was punctured and his heart perforated. He also had a foot-long slash that exposed bones and organs, which were also damaged.

The other man had a stab wound to the chest which had punctured his lung and a slash which exposed organs and had punctured his kidney.

At this point they were joined by off-duty nurse, Lauren Wright, who lived nearby and who took charge of instructing how to stem blood loss.

Another neighbour came forward with towels to be used to help in the treatment of the men and he also assisted in their treatment.

Pc Wild then found a third man in the garden of a nearby property with a severe neck wound which he applied pressure to in a bid to stop the bleeding.


Pcs Sean Cockerton, Laura Tweedie, Hayley Neale and Richard Cartwright, along with Inspector John Pickard, and Sukwinder Sarai then arrived to assist in the life and death battle to save the three men.

Now all the officers who are from Bilston Street Police Station, Ms Wright and the other member of the public have all been awarded Royal Humane Society Certificates of Commendation for their action at the blood soaked scene.

Doctors later praised all those involved for the action they had taken to save the lives of the injured men.

Secretary of the Royal Humane Society, Dick Wilkinson, has also added his personal praise for the way they acted.

He added: “This must literally have been a bloodbath with three men suffering horrendous injuries.”

“Thanks to some superb team work though the lives of the men, who could so easily have bled to death, were saved. It was a wonderful outcome in such a terrible incident and all involved more than deserve the awards they are to receive.”

Doug Wootton

By Doug Wootton
Wolverhampton Reporter - @_DougWootton


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