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Heroic Welwyn Garden City boxer chases stab victim’s attackers

PUBLISHED: 15:59 08 October 2018

An heroic boxer has spoken of the moment he ran out of his house to the rescue of a man who was being stabbed on his driveway in Welwyn Garden City.

Paul Meally, who goes to Welwyn Garden City Boxing Club, was having dinner with his wife Debbie on Saturday evening when they heard a commotion outside their window in Shortlands Green.

Initially they thought it was young people messing around, but then they looked out to see someone with what appeared to be a machete.

A car had also crashed into a wall and then the couple’s campervan.

At first, Paul, 53, thought it was his own son being attacked on their driveway because the victim was wearing a similar hoodie to the one his 16-year-old has.

He dashed out and chased the attackers away before tending to the victim, who had suffered wounds to his hand and arm as he had tried to shield himself from the blows.

Paul, who is first aid trained, said: “I thought they were attacking my son.

“The boy had his hand up because they were going for his neck.

“I ran out and they saw me and I chased three of them.

“The lad’s hand was all chopped - his fingers all cut.

“I pulled his sleeve up and tied a towel around his arm to stop the blood flow.

“If I hadn’t come out when I did, there would have been a fatality.

“There was blood on my campervan and all over the ground.”

Debbie, 45, said: “The boy ran from the alleyway up here and outside our window he has pulled a machete out and started slashing at the young lad.

“The lad was taken away in an ambulance.

“Police were up here with sniffer dogs.

“They found a knife at the bottom of the alleyway, but it wasn’t the knife that was used.

“My eight-year-old son was petrified.”

Paul said: “It’s disgusting that our young son saw this.

“People must think it’s a terrible place round here, but it isn’t and this was a one-off.”

Debbie continued: “Some evenings we have 60 children playing on the green and that’s the most frightening thing because the car could have killed them the speed it was going.”

The Meally’s neighbours are equally concerned by Saturday’s stabbing.

Carer Holly Scott, 18, who has only recently moved into the cul-de-sac, said: “It’s worrying because we live here.

“There’s nowhere safe.

“Who’s to say it won’t happen again on this street?

“It’s scary.”

Another resident said: “Knella Road and all this area isn’t safe.

“All the time the police are round here looking for someone.

“We put CCTV up because my house was broken into.

“I wouldn’t go for a walk around here after 10pm.”

Another mum who lives in Shortlands Green added: “I have two children and I’m concerned.

“It’s frightening to think that’s happening here.”

Police say they received a call to the stabbing shortly after 6.15pm on Saturday and enquiries are continuing.

•Anyone who saw what happened, or has information that can assist with officers’ enquiries, should contact Hertfordshire Constabulary on the non-emergency number 101, quoting ISR 621 of October 6.

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