Foreigner stabbed in Barnstaple park

Overseas student set upon by hoodies in botched robbery

A FOREIGN language student has been stabbed during an attempted mugging in a Barnstaple park.

The victim was approached by a group of at least three men opposite the Rock Park Bowling Club at around 7.30pm on Thursday, February 10.

After refusing to hand over his mobile phone and cash to thugs, he was allegedly assaulted and stabbed in his left arm

The student managed to escape by running away but needed hospital treatment for his injuries.

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Police in the town are appealing for witnesses and have released descriptions of the three suspects.

The first is a white man, aged in his late teens, approximately 5ft 4in tall, of skinny build, with short ginger hair, gelled on top. He was wearing a black hooded top, a black t-shirt, and black Adidas jogging bottoms with white stripes up the sides.

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The second suspect is a white man aged around 19, of medium build, approximately 5ft 5in tall. He was wearing a black hooded top with shiny silver writing on the back, black jogging bottoms with a white emblem on the right pocket of a horse or tiger. He was carrying a black-handled knife with an eight-inch blade.

The third suspect is a white man, around 5ft 5in tall.

Anyone any information about assault is asked to contact police on 08452 777444 quoting police reference CB/11/414 or please call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or visit

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