A SECURITY guard held his hand over a stab wound on a man’s neck to stop him bleeding to death after a stabbing in a Sheffield street.
The 35-year-old ex-soldier, who works at the Spar convenience store on Division Street stepped into action when a 21-year-old man was stabbed today, at about 4.20am, close to the store.
The security guard, who declined to be named, said: “At first I thought it was a punch, until I saw the arterial blood.
“I put my gloves on, knelt down at his back, sat him up a bit and put my left hand over the stab wound.
“We stayed like that for about five minutes until an ambulance turned up.”
The injured man was then treated by paramedics at the scene before being rushed to Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital.
Last night, his condition was described as ‘serious but stable’.
Three men were arrested following the attack and later released on police bail pending further inquiries.
Part of Division Street was cordoned off for several hours while South Yorkshire Police officers searched the area for evidence.
A police spokesman said: “At 4.20am today, there was a dispute at the junction with Cambridge Street which led to a 21-year-old man receiving a stab wound to the neck.
“The 21-year-old was taken to the Northern General Hospital.
“The injury is not thought to be life-threatening at this stage.”
The security guard said he saw a fight start between several men while he was standing outside the shop.
He said: “This just kicked off and he got stabbed in the neck, but I’m a qualified first aider and managed to stop the bleeding.”
Sitwat Batool, Spar supervisor, said the 24-hour store was forced to close while the road was sealed off.
She said: “I am shocked and shaking.
“There are fights outside almost every weekend and sometimes in the shop people come in drunk, but we have a security guard so we don’t get any trouble.”
Detectives believe there were other people around at the time of the dispute.
n Anyone with information about the stabbing or who witnessed the incident is asked to call police on 101, or, alternatively, Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.