Man is beaten and 'stabbed' by thugs as he lies stricken on the ground

Man is beaten up and ‘stabbed’ by thugs as he grapples with another man on the ground in shocking city centre attack

  • The clip shows a fight breaking out in Williamson Square in Liverpool at weekend
  • Merseyside Police said they were aware of it but it had not been reported to them
  • Officers urged anyone with information to come forward to catch those involved

Shocking footage shows a man being beaten up and ‘stabbed’ by thugs as he lies on the ground in a shocking city centre attack.

The horrifying video shows the moment the fight broke out in Williamson Square in Liverpool at the weekend.

Merseyside Police said they were aware of the clip despite the incident not being reported to them.

Officers have urged anyone with information to come forward to help catch the culprit.

The horrifying video shows the moment the fight broke out in Williamson Square in Liverpool at the weekend

The grisly video showed two men grappling on the ground as two others stand nearby and kick and punch them.

One of those standing up then reaches into his pocket and pulls out what appears to be a blade.

He then forces his arm in three stabbing motions towards one of the fighters on the floor as someone screams.

Police said there is an increased presence in the city centre to deter any further attacks.

Officers said they are making enquiries to try to understand what and when the attack happened.

The grisly video showed two men grappling on the ground as two others stand nearby and kick and punch them

Chief Inspector Gary O’Rourke said: ‘If you saw this shocking incident – if it was you filming the video, you are the victim or you witnessed anything then please tell us.

‘Whether you come forward directly or anonymously, your information could be vital to help bring those responsible to justice.

‘Knife crime has no place whatsoever in our communities and we rely on members of the public coming forward with information about such incidents to keep our streets safer.

‘We are increasing patrols around the city centre today to make sure that everyone can enjoy themselves safely while out and about.

‘As a force we have seen a decrease in reports of knife crime over the past two years.

‘However, over this last week we have seen some unacceptable and criminal acts of violence in the City Centre including two appalling hate crimes.

‘We will continue to work tirelessly with the public and our partners to prevent violence and remove the scourge of knife crime from our streets.

Police said there is an increased presence in the city centre to deter any further attacks

‘Reducing knife crime is one of our force priorities and our message to those who might think about carrying a knife is clear: It is just not worth the risk.

‘Every day we are out on patrols, conducting stop searches, executing warrants, putting every effort into arresting offenders and putting them before the courts.

‘We regularly search land and homes where we believe knives have been stored and if you involve yourself in knife crime, it is only a matter of time before you end up hurt or arrested.

‘We are also working closely with our communities, schools and safeguarding partners to tackle knife crime by taking a more preventative approach, working to educate, divert and influence young people away from knives and other violent crimes.

‘During Operation Sceptre, a dedicated week of action to tackle knife crime, police officers proactively engaged with young people to warn them about the dangers of carrying a knife and what this sort of criminal activity can lead to.

‘We will never stand by and allow people to carry knives and threaten the safety of themselves and others.

‘With the public’s help, we can make Merseyside a safer place and I appeal to anyone who has any information in relation to this incident, or knife crime in Merseyside to contact police.’

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