Community rallies round Eastgate knife attack victim
BAR owners in Eastgate Street are rallying around one of their own after a terrifying knife-point robbery on Sunday afternoon.
The attack on Justin Hudson shocked those involved with the city's nighttime economy.
Justin, who has managed Butler's bar for almost 20 years, was left with a fractured jaw after being attacked.
His assailant escaped with £10,000 of weekend takings.
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"The way the community has rallied round, and the support, has been amazing," said Justin.
"Bar owners can have a difficult relationship with the police. Sometimes we feel as if we are being blamed for the city's problems just for selling alcohol – but the police have been excellent."
Justin has also praised the efforts of A&E staff at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital who treated him.
Doctors there told him if his jaw had been broken he would have faced a two-hour operation and a week in hospital.
His friends were sickened when they heard of the attack, which happened at a bus stop near Fever nightclub, in Eastgate Street.
The attacker was around 5ft 6in and was wearing a grey hoodie, grey jogging pants and red and white trainers.
City councillor Tarren Randle first heard about the incident when she read about it on Facebook.
"When I read about what had happened to Justin, I was gobsmacked," she said.
"It is shocking to think this happened in daylight."
Police have arrested a 23-year-old man from Gloucester in connection with the incident.