Man sought refuge in cafe after Potters Bar stabbing

PUBLISHED: 09:48 12 February 2016 | UPDATED: 10:05 12 February 2016

Caffe Nero store manager Tracy Law and shift leader Amy Bliss

Caffe Nero store manager Tracy Law and shift leader Amy Bliss


The Caffe Nero store manager has described the moment a stab victim came into the Potters Bar shop.

Blood on mat in Caffe NeroBlood on mat in Caffe Nero

Police are continuing to investigate following a stabbing in Potters Bar and have yet to arrest anyone.

Officers were called at 1.38pm on Friday, February 5 after a man in his 20s was stabbed in his right arm.

The victim had staggered into Caffe Nero, where staff treated his injuries while waiting for the ambulance. He was taken to Barnet General Hospital for treatment and has since been released.

It is believed that the victim and offender are known to each other and enquiries are ongoing.

Police shut the entrance to Potters Bar stationPolice shut the entrance to Potters Bar station

Caffe Nero store manager Tracy Law, 36, described the moment the injured man walked into her premises.

She said: “At first he was extremely panicked and quite frantic, and then it levelled out once everyone calmed down.

“I think he was in shock more than anything. There was a lot of blood on his clothes. It happened outside.

“Someone came up behind him and stabbed him in the arm.”

She added a man who was first aid-trained attended to him while the ambulance services made their way to the scene.

“His jumper was on the wound and we gave him an oven glove, and a lady gave her scarf. The ambulance was telling us what to do [on the phone].

“I think he thought it was worse than it was and then he realised it wasn’t that bad, and got reassurance from the ambulance service.

“The main thing for me was to call the ambulance. It was not what I expected to do today.”

Ms Law said there were “lots of people stopping and watching”, and added “a lot of people that knew him were quite upset”.

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