Liverpool stabbing: Security guard rushed to hospital after being knifed at Jobcentre

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Police are investigating after a security guard was stabbed at a Jobcentre in Liverpool in a ‘shocking’ attack.

The victim’s employer said the man, in his 40s, was rushed to hospital where he is receiving treatment for serious injuries, the Liverpool ECHO reports.

A suspect, described as a white male, is on the run following the attack at the Belle Vale Job Centre Plus in the city’s southeast.

Merseyside Police said officers were called to the scene at 11.30am.

Detective Inspector Phil Atkinson said: “This is a shocking incident which has occurred in broad daylight in a public place and we are carrying out extensive enquiries to locate the offender.



Police say a male suspect fled following the attack



Police at the scene at the Jobcentre in Belle Vale

 

“Officers remain in the area to speak to witnesses and provide reassurance and I would ask anyone who witnessed the incident, saw anyone making off from the scene or has any CCTV or dashcam footage to please get in touch.

“To be assaulted in this way while simply carrying out your job is appalling and we are doing our utmost to find those responsible and put them before the courts. Knife crime will not be tolerated by Merseyside Police and I would urge anyone with information that could assist this investigation to please contact us.”

A spokeswoman for the police said the suspect has been described as a white male, around 5ft 4in tall and wearing dark clothing who “made off” from the scene.

The company the security guard works for said the victim is aged in his 40s, and has worked for them for nearly a decade.



Police investigate following the attack at the Belle Vale Jobcentre in Liverpool

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Strategic account director for G4S Secure Solutions, Alan Thresher said: “On Monday 7 October, one of our security officers was attacked at the Belle Vale Jobcentre Plus in Liverpool’s south-east.

“The incident saw our security officer sustain serious injury and he is now in hospital receiving treatment.

“I’d like to thank the emergency services for their swift action. We are working with Merseyside Police to support their investigation.”

A Department of Work and Pensions spokesperson said the welfare of staff is its primary concern, and Belle Vale Jobcentre would remain closed while the investigation is underway.

Anyone with information is asked to contact @MerPolCC, 101 quoting reference 19100579282 Or @CrimestoppersUK anonymously on 0800 555 111.



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