A REDDITCH man stabbed in the neck by a vicious thug has spoken of the trauma of the attack.
Popular Redditch artist and musician Steve Pound was walking home early one morning with his son when he was the victim of the unprovoked attack.
And he’s speaking out now in a bid to call time on knife crime which this year has already claimed the life of local man Colton Bryan.
“When I was lying in the ambulance I really thought I was going to die, and I was upset because the paramedics wouldn’t allow my lad in with me because of Covid,” said Steve.
As it was the artist, famed for his paintings of Redditch watertower and as frontman for the band Chaos Experience, managed to parry the blow with his right hand so it narrowly missed an artery.
“It has affected me since, I’ve been disorientated and suffered from anxiety,” said Steve, a man who has helped tidy Redditch through the litter picking group Rubbish Friends.
“But I’m lucky, I’ve got a good set of friends and I thank everyone for their good wishes.
“They’ve really helped me, and I was determined not to stop in but to go out and about again.”
He added: “Since it happened I’ve spoken to other people who’ve been stabbed, and I’ve asked, how do you cope?
“And this one guy said ‘I carry a knife’ and I said, ‘Oh man, is that really the way?’.
“And that’s why I’m speaking up now, we’ve got to educate children better so they don’t grow up stabbing each other, and we need to reclaim the streets.
The attack happened at the top of Pool Bank on Evesham Road at around 2am on Saturday, August 1.
Steve was returning home after bumping into his 22-year-old son Eden in town.
“At first I thought I’d just been punched, but there was blood everywhere. My lad called an ambulance. Somehow I managed to walk across the bridge where paramedics found us.”
Steve was rushed to the Alex where A&E staff patched him up.
The thug is described as white, with short brown hair and was wearing a fluorescent orange jacket.
“I think he may have been off his head on drugs or something, else why do a thing like that?” said Steve.
“I mean, I’m not brilliant but I have never hurt anyone and that bloke needs to get caught before he kills someone.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at www.westmercia.police.uk/