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Man fell from van covered in blood'

PUBLISHED: 16:56 24 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:48 23 August 2010

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SHOPKEEPERS watched in horror as a 25-year-old man climbed out of a transit van after he had been stabbed in a broad daylight attack. The white van pulled up outside a row of shops in Parrock Street, Gravesend, at 1pm last Friday. As soon as the van sto

SHOPKEEPERS watched in horror as a 25-year-old man climbed out of a transit van after he had been stabbed in a broad daylight attack.

The white van pulled up outside a row of shops in Parrock Street, Gravesend, at 1pm last Friday. As soon as the van stopped, the man got out clutching his side shouting "call an ambulance, call an ambulance."

Iman Saygili, 19, was working behind the counter in the Party King off-licence when the injured man arrived.

He said: "He just drove here from the direction of the Lord Street car park. He just jumped straight out of the van shouting call an ambulance, call an ambulance.

"At first I thought maybe he had been hit but then I noticed he had been stabbed on his right side. He had a gash on his arm and another wound in his ribs.

"There was a lot of blood. He was bleeding quite heavily. The wound on his arm was above his elbow and the other wound was on the side of his ribs at about the same height.

"The wound did look quite deep and wide. His arm was bleeding and he was just covered in blood He was just screaming 'get me an ambulance'."

Mr Saygili called the emergency services and an ambulance and the police arrived shortly afterwards. They cordoned off the area to allow for initial inquires and were soon joined by a forensic team.

Calvin Velli, owner of Flexnutrition, said: "His arm was covered in blood. The paramedics were trying to stop the bleeding with a shirt. It was soaked in blood. The front of the van was covered in blood too. It was quite shocking to see something like that in the middle of the afternoon. It is mind-boggling really."

The injured man was taken to Darent Valley Hospital and treated for his injuries which were not life threatening and has since been discharged.

A recovery vehicle came to take away the transit and the cordons were removed at about 3.45pm.

Mr Saygili said: "It must've been done before he got in the van. I was pretty surprised when he stepped out of the van. I don't know how he managed to drive down here.

"You always hear stories about things happening in Gravesend but you don't expect to see something like this."

Two 17-year-old men and a 21-year-old man, all from the Gravesend area, were arrested in the early hours of Saturday on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

All three have been bailed pending further inquiries.

Anyone who witnessed the assault or has information about it to contact the North Kent area crime unit on 01474 366091 or 0800 555111.

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