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- Two people have been hurt in stabbings in Herefordshire.
- Several people have been arrested and are in custody.
- A large police presence is remaining in place to reassure local people.
Hereford stabbings: Police say they appear to be random attacks and a large police presence remain in the effected areas to reassure locals.— @HTnewsroom 02 April 2013
Hereford stabbings: Man critical at QE Hospital in Birmingham, other man is in a serious condition.— @HTnewsroom 02 April 2013
Hereford stabbings: Five people arrested (four men and a woman). Arrests happened at The Oval and at Almeley, near Kington.— @HTnewsroom 02 April 2013
Just to confirm. Two men were stabbed in Hereford today - one in Westfaling Street (by Holmer Street) the other on footpath by Golden Post.— @HTnewsroom 02 April 2013
How can people moan about hereford being "unsafe" better than most places in England— @ellisdaveyy 02 April 2013
Thoughts & prayers with victims & their families at this dreadful time.Thanks to local community for support to @wmerciapolice investigation— @ACCGarethMorgan 02 April 2013
@wmerciapolice confirming that knife attacks on two men in #Herefordshire appear totally random and that 5 suspects are in custody.— @ACCGarethMorgan 02 April 2013
The picture below shows police at the back of The Oval in Newton Farm, Hereford. The entrance was cordened off this evening.
That picture was taken shortly after 7pm on the footpath off Golden Post in Hunderton that leads towards Belmont.
Police in Hereford are appealing for witnesses after two men were taken to hospital with stab wounds.
The men were found in Westfaling Street and at the junction of Hunderton Road and Golden Post this afternoon (2 April).
Officers would like to hear from anyone who was in those areas of the city between 3.30pm and 4pm today.
One man remains in a critical condition in the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham, while the other is described as having serious injuries.
Five people – four men and a woman – were arrested shortly after the injured men were found and are currently in police custody.
Superintendent Ivan Powell said: “We would like to reassure local people that we believe that we have now accounted for all suspects connected with the incidents.
“We are in the very early stages of our investigation, but what I can say at this stage is that these appear to have been two separate, unprovoked assaults on members of the public.
“It is not thought that the victims are either known to each other or know their attackers.
“A large police presence will remain on the ground while we investigate and reassure local residents. Anyone with information about these incidents can contact West Mercia Police on 101.”
Police were telling the public at both the back of The Oval and the footpath off Golden Post that they "could be there for one hour or 12 hours".
No one has yet been charged in connection with the stabbings but a number of arrests have been made
One of the victims in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, is still said to be in a critical condition.
Police helicopter seen hovering in Hereford and heading towards Kington.— @HTnewsroom 02 April 2013
Saw all the cop cars whizzing round Hereford today after getting back from work. 2 people stabbed! Crazy scenes #meanttobeaquietplace— @Dan_Moruzzi 02 April 2013
South Wye Councillor Chris Chappell has urged people in that area of Hereford to keep calm, saying that it is a very rare incident.— @HTnewsroom 02 April 2013
Just heard the news about incident in Hereford this afternoon, just awful— @herdwick_gal 02 April 2013
Armed police seen handcuffing man in Herefordshire village: ARMED POLICE were seen handcuffing a shirtless man... http://t.co/cqzK4T36tA— @HTnewsroom 02 April 2013
Absolute #Scenes in Hereford today!— @CharlesAJ20 02 April 2013
turn the tv on to find hereford on the news because of two stabbings. What's wrong with this country!! #sad #scary— @Dophianna 02 April 2013
Hereford police have made a number of arrests after 2 men were stabbed in Hereford today. @bbchw http://t.co/q8GF9H8aTK— @newsynicola 02 April 2013
West Mercia Police:
A large police presence will remain on the ground as we investigate and reassure local people.
Anyone who wishes to contact West Mercia Police about the incidents should call 101.
Good work in Hereford today @wmerciapolice Sounds like everything is under control - let's hope no-one critical. #shouldnothappen— @davidjamadden 02 April 2013
news on the stabbing side of things in Hereford yet nothing on why what's happening in almeley and why there are police cars everywhere #hmm— @studavies89 02 April 2013
Two people been stabbed in Hereford?! No one gets stabbed in Hereford! What is this madness...? #midsummermurders— @Jackort1 02 April 2013
What we know so far:
TWO men have been stabbed in Herefordshire today.
Police are currently investigating a number of serious assaults that took place in Hereford and elsewhere in Herefordshire.
Two men sustained stab wounds and were taken to hospital.
One of them who was assaulted in the Westfaling Street area of Hereford remains in serious condition at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
Several people have been arrested and are currently in custody.
Police have said they believe that all suspects have been accounted for, but a large police presence will remain in the local area to reassure locals.
Anyone with information are asked to call police on 101.
By Paul Rogers, Hereford Times
Interesting how a stabbing in Hereford makes national news, yet teenagers/young adults are stabbed daily in London without much mention…— @fakethom 02 April 2013
The stabbings took place in the Hunderton area of Hereford.
Police confirm stabbings. One been flown to QE. Not good for Hereford. #nervy— @Richy_Bakes 02 April 2013
Can't believe there's been stabbings in Hereford! Always felt so safe there...— @fenyawells 02 April 2013
Stabbings in Hereford!? What is the world coming to!!— @rebeccaaarr 02 April 2013
6:44pm Tue 2 Apr 13
Hereford safest place to live yeah right obviously never went southside when this poll was done. Hope no one was seriously injured.
Hereford was on the news :O oh it's all going on Police cars and the lot— @lola_martin08 02 April 2013
And Hereford got named one of the safest places to live the other #lol— @bridyer08 02 April 2013
#Police news: Arrests After Serious Incidents In Herefordshire http://t.co/FVgdH8LNr6— @wmerciapolice 02 April 2013
@bbcmtd Two people have been treated at Hereford County Hospital after being stabbed in Hereford this afternoon.— @ben_sidwell 02 April 2013
Apparent stabbing in Hereford. According to police all suspects have been arrested.— @jon_addis7 02 April 2013
it's sad to think certain places in hereford are dangerous.. sigh— @drewphelpsxx 02 April 2013
Few days ago hereford was being named on of the safest places to live... Mad— @Ashley_Jones9 02 April 2013
“@HTnewsroom: Police have said that all people have been arrested in relation to serious incidents in Hereford today.” Blimey!— @sunnyjim123 02 April 2013
Multiple stabbings in Hunderton #Hereford by the sounds of it. Bad times #SouthSideRepresent— @itsjonahg 02 April 2013
OH GOD!!! RT @BBCBreaking: Number of people believed to have suffered serious attacks in Hereford, UK - arrests made by West Mercia Police— @JRidley44 02 April 2013
These attacks that have happened in Hereford were reportedly in the Hunderton area. Seems legit.— @EmmyJayTee 02 April 2013
And what's happening in Hereford? Just seen breaking news...— @MicheleChapman4 02 April 2013
'Serious attacks in hereford' sounds rather cryptic...— @2299wd 02 April 2013
Zombies? RT @BBCBreaking: Number of people believed to have suffered serious attacks in Hereford, UK - arrests made by West Mercia Police— @jonnyvaughan 02 April 2013
Anyone got any Hereford attack news less cryptic than the bbc? #Hereford Should I panic and fetch my girl or was it asthma attacks?— @CodeNameTanya 02 April 2013