Residents demand action after man is slashed with a knife in Hexthorpe

Police scene in Urban Road, Hexthorpe
Police scene in Urban Road, Hexthorpe

Residents in a Doncaster village blighted by violence have called for action after a man attacked with a knife in broad daylight.

Police were called to Hexthorpe on Saturday afternoon following reports that a man had been injured.

Residents say the incident happened around 4pm on Saturday in Urban Road and a man was found with minor slash wounds to his ear in Eden Grove.

Eye witnesses reported seeing armed police officers with tasers on the scene.

One resident, who did not want to be named said: “I was putting my three-year-old daughter in car and there were police all over.

“There was blood all over a car and armed police flying down the road. My daughter had her hands over her eyes.

“This use to be a nice area back and you’d never stuff like this, it’s getting worse and worse in Hexthorpe.”

The witness said the police activity started in Urban Road and then spilled over into Eden Grove.

He added: “There used to be a real sense of community spirit in Hexthorpe when I was growing up here but now things are going down hill.

“Something needs to be done, it’s not fair for people who have lived here all their lives and now feel like they have to move.”

Police said the man sustained minor injuries to his ear.

Public spaces protection orders were introduced last summer after racial tensions and violent offences in the village reached fever pitch.

Reacting to the latest incidents residents took to social media to demand further action be taken.

Gemma Robson posted: “For years people have been working hard to make Hexthorpe better, fighting a losing battle but they have still be fighting it everyday against the council and police who don’t see any problems in Hexthorpe. This isn’t the first and probably won’t be the last. It’s getting worse. This was broad daylight, kids was playing out in the street, what more is it going to take.”

n Anyone with information call 101 quoting 821 of June 18.