Four men arrested after Mirfield stabbing

A MAN was stabbed in the chest during a brawl in Mirfield town centre.

Friday, 6th July 2012, 7:00 am

Four men have been arrested after a group of men were seen fighting in Huddersfield Road on Wednesday evening. Police are still looking for a fifth suspect.

Officers were called to Huddersfield Road after a 26-year-old man suffered a facial injury near the Railway pub at around 8.20pm on Wednesday.

He was taken to Dewsbury and District Hospital, where he remains in a stable condition.

At 9pm, officers were told that a 39-year-old man had also been taken to hospital with a puncture wound in his chest.

The 39-year-old, named locally as Simon Mitchell, was transferred to Bradford Royal Infirmary where he is stable.

Businessman Martin Ibberson was driving through Mirfield with his wife, Sue, shortly after the incident. The couple stopped when they saw a man on the floor outside Royd Court care home.

“He was in a bad way,” Mr Ibberson said. “He was lying in an awful lot of blood.”

Staff from the care home helped the man.

Alison Schofield, 43, said she could hear screaming from her house in Huddersfield Road.

“A few minutes later there was a big crowd of people across the road and somebody sitting on the floor,” she said.

A police spokesman said the suspects were in a silver Renault Megane, heading towards Cooper Bridge.

Four men aged 20, 29, 32 and 43 have been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder. A dark BMW saloon car was nearby at the time and five other cars had to stop as the suspects fled.

They were a grey Jaguar, a red Vauxhall Astra, a Purple Peugeot 106, a black VW Passat saloon and a silver Mercedes estate.

A police spokesman said: “The drivers of these vehicles are all vital witnesses and are encouraged to contact the police as a matter of urgency.”

Call Det Sgt Guy Shackleton or Det Con Cath Lowdon at Dewsbury CID on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.