Man arrested after Cheltenham stabbing
POLICE have made an arrest after a man was stabbed multiple times in a residential street yesterday afternoon.
A 22-year-old local man handed himself into Cheltenham Police Station in the early hours of this morning and he remains in custody.
Armed police and paramedics descended on Thames Road in Whaddon at about 4.45pm after a man was stabbed.
The man, being named locally as Curtis Brigdale, was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where he has undergone surgery.
A police spokeswoman confirmed the victim, believed to be aged 26, had been stabbed a number of times.
He also suffered non-stab wounds to his arms and legs.
It is understood that both men were known to each other.
A police spokesman added: "Police were called to a report of fighting outside a property in Thames Road at about 4.45pm.
"A man, believed to be 26 years old, was found with stab wounds and other injuries and airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham in a serious condition."
Scenes of crime officers, dressed in blue boiler suits, were seen laying number markers on the tarmac of Thames Road to indicate evidence outside a house towards the end of the road.
Both ends of the road, at its intersections with Wyman’s Road and Whaddon Road, were closed off by officers and residents prevented from going down there until the scene has been combed.
A team of officers also prevented people from going down Colne Avenue, which runs parallel with Thames Road.
One resident, who asked not be named, said Whaddon had become more troubled since the closure of the police station in 2011.
He said: “It’s not the best of areas anyway but things have been terrible lately, and with that woman being killed round the corner, things have gone awful here.”
A Wyman’s Road resident described seeing the air ambulance land on nearby Whaddon recreation ground to ferry the injured man away.
“I saw the guy being put into the ambulance. He was sat up in some kind of chair. He was a big kind of guy.
“I was sat in the garden and I saw the helicopter circle.
"I could see it was one of the ambulance helicopters and it landed in Whaddon Park.
“It brings a bad name to the estate. It makes you ashamed to say you are from Whaddon.
“We had a trouble with boy racers a few years ago, but things died down recently.
"All of a sudden all this breaks out. It’s not a rough place, really.
“The only time we get police down here nowadays is if there’s trouble or for the football.”
James Lowe, 37, said he was visiting his seven-year-old son nearby to the incident.
He said: "It's just a bit crazy here at the moment. I saw them bring out a man on a stretcher and put him in the ambulance.
"He was bleeding a lot."
Any witnesses to the incident that haven’t yet spoken to officers are urged to call 101, quoting incident number 318 of August 20.