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Budgens car park stabbing: Man from Bishop's Stortford and three others charged with assault and possession of offensive weapon

Four men in their 20s – including one from Bishop's Stortford – have been charged with assault causing actual bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon in public following a stabbing in a supermarket car park in Sawbridgeworth on Saturday.

Vigan Murtati, 23, of Station Road, Bishop’s Stortford; Gjelbrim Murtati, 27, of Springfield Road, Windsor, Berkshire; Xhevahir Axhami, 28, of Torriano Avenue, London NW5; and Nakaj Durim, 26, of High Road, London N12, were remanded into custody to appear at Hatfield Magistrates’ Court on Monday (September 13).

Police and paramedics were called after reports of a stabbing in the car park at Budgens, London Road, just before 5.30pm. A young man was stabbed in the neck after two occupants of a dark blue BMW got out and started attacking a silver Toyota Prius with implements.

Paramedics tending to the victim on an ambulance trolley in the Budgens car park (51177138)
Paramedics tending to the victim on an ambulance trolley in the Budgens car park (51177138)

The Prius driver was stabbed and was treated by paramedics in the car park before being taken to hospital for further treatment. His injuries were not deemed to be life-threatening.

Following the incident, a vehicle made off from the scene and was stopped by police near junction 22 (St Albans) of the M25. Four males were arrested.

Insp Mark Collins, the new inspector of charge of the police Safer Neighbourhood Team for East Herts, including Stortford and Sawbridgeworth, said: “I fully understand that this incident will have caused alarm among local residents, however I’d like to try to reassure people that we believe this to have been a targeted attack involving people who are acquainted and mainly live outside the area.

"No members of the public were harmed during the incident. Arrests were swiftly made and charges have now been brought.

“Due to the severity of the incident, I would ask that videos and images from the scene are not shared on social media, as this may harm the integrity of the investigation and subsequent court case as we move forward. It is vital that the case is allowed to proceed unimpeded.”

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