A 61-YEAR-OLD man is in hospital after being injured in what police described as a “violent incident”.
Eye-witnesses described seeing the man being attacked and shouting “I’ve been stabbed” and staggering backwards.
Two local men, aged 16 and 18, were arrested following the incident and remained in police custody yesterday.
It is understood that the youths knew the 61-year-old.
The incident happened in Hope Street, Filey, in the early hours of yesterday.
Mrs Said, who runs Hungry Tom’s takeaway, called police after watching the incident unfold from an upstairs window in Hope Street at 2.30am yesterday.
“Two young lads attacked a gentleman,” she said. “I heard him say ‘I’ve been stabbed.’ It happened in seconds.
“We’d closed the takeaway and were upstairs talking with friends when we heard shouting. We looked out of the window and it all kicked off. The poor man didn’t stand a chance.”
After alerting the emergency services, Mrs Said went downstairs and tried to help the man, but, she says, he staggered to his car and drove away.
He was later admitted to Scarborough Hospital, where he remained yesterday. Police said that he was in a stable condition and they do not believe his injuries are life threatening.
Police closed Hope Street and crime scene investigators searched the street and roads and alleys leading from it. It reopened at noon yesterday, although a police presence remained in the area.
Michael Jones, landlord of The Imperial pub in Hope Street, gave a statement to police and told them he heard a “metal clanking noise” at around 2:30am.
“I was just going to sleep when I heard something that sounded like a bit of metal being dropped,” he said.
“This morning the forensic officers were down here checking the tops of shop fronts.”
Businesses on Hope Street to delay opening until police reopened the street.
Resident Barry Whiting added: “I just woke up and the road was cordoned off. I didn’t hear anything but they said it had been a serious incident.
“It’s a lovely little street to live in so it is a shock.”