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Man assaulted by teenager armed with knife amid group of up to 20 youths in Bishop's Stortford

Police are investigating a report that a man was assaulted by a youth armed with a knife among a group of up to 20 teenagers in Bishop's Stortford.

It is unclear whether it is connected to a claim on Facebook by a woman that her partner ran for his life from a group of 20 teenagers "with big work knifes" who "jumped" him and shouted "Knife him! Kill him!"

The incident reported to police happened in the Northgate End car park just before 8.30pm on Friday evening (November 29).

A 20-year-old man was walking through the car park when he saw a group of up to 20 youths. One of them approached, carrying a Stanley knife.

A spokeswoman for Hertfordshire Constabulary said: "As the victim went to run off, the suspect pushed him to the floor. He managed to get up and run away to call police. The man was not injured during the incident."

The suspect is described as a black teenager wearing a hooded top and grey jogging bottoms.

The spokeswoman added: "A number of calls were received by police from members of the public reporting to have seen the group in the area. However, at this stage, this appears to be an isolated incident. No other reports of a crime have been received."

A woman posted on Facebook forum Bishop's Stortford Mummies Village that her partner was walking through a car park between the Horn at the Half Moon pub in North Street and his home in Hockerill Street when he encountered a gang of youths.

She said: "He got jumped by 20 kids all teenagers with big work knifes they were all shouting 'knife him kill him'he managed to get away by the grace of god! he did nothing to cause this and almost died tonight."

The poster added that her partner had seen members of the group knocking and hitting cars in the car park.

The post was shared to the Bishop's Stortford Civic Federation Facebook page, where one woman commented that a group of youths had been told to leave South Street discount store B&M for shouting and swearing. Others reported seeing a large gang in the Apton Road car park and opposite Eat 17 in Potter Street.

The police spokeswoman said: "Police are taking the incident seriously and investigations to identify the offenders will continue."

Anyone who saw what happened or has information which could help police with their investigation is asked to call 101, report information online at herts.police.uk/report or chat online to a force communications room operator at herts.police.uk/contact, quoting crime reference number 41/107707/19.

Alternatively, you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or via its untraceable online form at crimestoppers-uk.org. If a crime is in progress or someone’s life is in danger, call 999 immediately.

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