A 19-year-old Island teenager from Shanklin has been treated for stab wounds following a racist attack in Newport during the early hours of this morning (Sunday), which left a knife lodged in his arm.
The young man, originally from Thailand, was rushed to St Mary’s Hospital after receiving two puncture wounds to his forearm as he defended himself during a scuffle.
The teen, who has been a British Citizen for over 6 years, was heading along Barton Road at around 01:30 this morning when he was approached by 3 males, one of whom started to yell racist abuse. The situation became physical with the 19-year-old being pushed back and forth.
The incident took a turn for the worse when a knife was pulled on the victim, who managed to put his arms up in defence at the last minute before being stabbed twice, with the second blow leaving the knife lodged in his forearm.
Shocked at the situation, the bloodied man headed to the William Coppin public house on Coppins Bridge to raise the alarm. An ambulance was called for and the teenager was conveyed to St Mary’s Hospital, where he received anaesthetic and was treated for his injuries. He has since been discharged.
Two males have been arrested and questioned by Police and released on bail pending further enquiries.
UPDATE MONDAY: It has been confirmed that a 19-year-old male and a 17-year-old male were arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm (GBH). Both have been bailed until 28th May pending further enquiries.
Police are now appealing for anyone who witnessed the attack to contact Newport CID on 101. Information can be given anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.