Thursday, 9.40am: Two men were stabbed and left lying bleeding in a busy street after a vicious attack in Peterborough on Wednesday afternoon (9 July).
Shocked passersby rushed to help the two victims in Lincoln Road and alerted police and ambulance services.
It is understood the knifeman jumped into a car and was driven away after the stabbings on Wednesday.
Police cordoned off nearby streets in a bid to catch the fleeing attacker.
A car was eventually stopped in Alexandra Road at about 2.15pm – one hour after the attack – and two occupants were arrested.
Police say the attack happened at about 1.15pm outside the NatWest Bank, and outside Xpress Grill on the road in Millfield. The area around the two premises was cordoned off.
The two men were taken to Peterborough City Hospital by land ambulance following the incident. A police spokesman said both men had not suffered life threatening injuries.
He said it was not yet clear how many times each man had been stabbed and that a weapon had not been found.
Police say they do yet know the motive for the attack but reassured the public that it was an isolated incident.
The police spokesman said: “We were alerted to the attack by passersby who stopped to tend to the victims and to call the emergency services.
“We are speaking to each person to find out what they may have seen of the attack.”
The incident was witnessed by horrified passersby.
On the social networking site Twitter @RedTheAmazing stated: “Think a couple of people just got stabbed on Lincoln road outside the bus stop near the bank and garage.”
Two men were arrested by police in connection with the incidents, and were taken to Thorpe Wood Police Station for questioning. A 27 year old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in police custody. A 54 year old man was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, but has been released by police who are taking no further action.