Quiet market town named one of UK’s best rocked by double stabbing

A quiet town which is often named as one of the best places to live in the UK has been rocked by a double stabbing. Two men sustained serious injuries after being attacked in Saffron Walden, Essex, last night.

Officers from Essex Police received reports of a man having been assaulted at around 7.30pm last night.

When they arrived at the scene in Little Walden Road they also found a second victim. 

Both men were taken to nearby hospitals by ambulance suffering from stab wounds.

A police helicopter was scrambled and armed police also attended.

EssexLive reports that one of the victims remains in hospital. Police say his condition is not believed to be life-threatening.

The other victim has now been discharged.

Four men have been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent.

Chief Inspector Colin Cox said: “Our officers acted quickly, arresting four men in connection with this incident.

“Enquiries are in the early stages but we do believe that this was an isolated incident and that there is no risk to the wider public.”

Saffron Walden is a permanent feature in lists of the best places to live in the UK, and came in at number 10 in the Sunday Times’s best places to live, which was published in March.

However, its popularity does come with higher house prices.

According to Rightmove, properties in Saffron Walden had an overall average price of £430,022 over the last year.

There is an increased police presence in the area today while officers continue their enquiries about what happened.

Essex Police are now appealing for information about what happened.

A police spokesperson said: “If you have any information, CCTV, dash cam or other footage in relation to this incident, then please get in contact with us.

“You can let us know by submitting a report on our website or by using our online Live Chat service available Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) between 10am-9pm.

“Visit www.essex.police.uk/digital101 to find out more about our website reporting services. Alternatively you can call us on 101. In an emergency always call 999.

“If you would like to make an anonymous report you can contact independent charity @CrimestoppersUK, by visiting their website or by calling 0800 555 111. Please quote incident 1140 of 3 May when providing any information to make sure it gets to the right person as quickly as possible.”

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