Two men arrested after a stabbing on Leamington’s Parade

How safe really is Leamington Spa?

Two men have been arrested following a stabbing on the Parade a couple of weeks ago.

Police report a 38-year-old man and a 42-year-old man have been arrested after the incident in the early hours of Friday 6 November.

The attack happened at around 1:45am, after the 29-year-old victim stopped to speak to two unknown men.

The victim was then rushed to University Hospital in Coventry after receiving a stab wound to his stomach.

The attack happened on the Parade.

The attack happened on the Parade

The 38-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent. He is currently on bail until December 8. The other man has also been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm. He has been released on bail until December 16.

Attacks and crime in Leamington are nothing new. According to the UK Crime Statistics website, there were 342 recorded counts of violent crime in Leamington Spa in the past year alone. In September 2015 specifically, there were 167 crimes reported in the neighbourhood.

Sadly, this is not the only recent stabbing in Leamington. Just a few months ago, a 21-year-old man was charged following a suspected stabbing of a 16-year-old in Leamington’s Pump Room Gardens, highlighting how students are also vulnerable to such dangers.

"I always stick on the parade because it’s light and busy".

‘I always stick on the parade because it’s light and busy’

Kelly Slade, a second year Theatre student, said she doesn’t feel safe on nights out in the town. She said: “If I’m on my own, I don’t feel safe at all. I feel intimidated when I walk past a car that is slowing down as it approaches me.”

Anna Moscuzza, a second year History student said: “I often walk back alone after a night out because I wander off on my own drunk, but I always stick on the Parade because it’s light and busy. I wouldn’t go down the darker side streets because there isn’t anyone around”.

Ellen Wootten, a second year Discrete Maths student said: “Normally I feel safe in Leamington but it really makes you think when things like this are happening so close.”