Tourist rushed to aid of stab victim

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A GOOD Samaritan who rushed to the aid of a woman stabbed in the back by a vicious knife man has spoken of the horror of seeing the drama unfold before his eyes.

Kevin Thackwell, 40, was stood outside the Applethwaite Hotel on Tyldesley Road, Blackpool, when he saw the young woman in distress after being wounded.

The father-of-three from Crewe, who was staying in the resort for the weekend, today said he wished he could have done more to help.

He added: “It was unbelievable. I had only gone out for a cigarette and then this happened.

“I’ve been thinking I wish I could have done more. Should I have gone after him? But in the moment all I wanted to do was help the woman.

“There was a lot of blood. I just hope the woman is OK. It’s bad for anything like this to happen, but especially for a woman just walking home from work.”

The 21-year-old was walking along Tyldesley Road, South Shore, when the attacker approached and demanded she hand over cash around 11.20pm on Saturday.

When she told him she had no money, the man stabbed her in the back before calmly walking away.

Mr Thackwell said he rushed over to her as soon as he noticed she was in distress.

He added: “I saw she was upset, she was in shock. I sat her down and she said she had been stabbed.

“I’ve never experienced anything like that. I did a first aid course a few years ago which put me in good stead.

“I just can’t believe it happened.”

Police have launched an investigation and continue to appeal for anyone with information to come forward.

The attacker is described as being a white male in his mid to late 20s, of average build and height. He was wearing a dark hooded jacket and jeans.

Det Sgt Nick Connaughton, from Blackpool’s burglary and robbery team, said: “Inquiries are ongoing.

“We are appealing for anyone with information to contact us.”

Coun Eddie Collett, Bloomfield ward councillor, urged residents to help the police with their investigation.

He said: “That level of violence is quite unusual.

“When it does happen, the police make it a priority.

“We cannot live our lives in fear. I hope anyone who can help the police with information to catch the perpetrator will come forward so he can be punished appropriately.

“An incident like this is bound to have upset the woman and we hope she makes a good recovery.”

Anyone with information can call Blackpool Police on 101 or the Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555111.