Hero milkman stabbed by teenaged thugs trying to steal bottles from his float doesn’t let attack stop him taking his children to school three hours later
- The milkman, named only as Rob, was attacked at 4.45am in Cheshire today
- He was stabbed in the stomach, but saved from serious injury due to a thick coat
- Edward Briscoe, 37, owner of Briscoes Dairy, labelled attack ‘horrible’ and ‘scary’
- Cheshire Constabulary now investigating the attack in quiet village of Tarporley
A hero milkman was stabbed by teenage thugs who tried to steal bottles from his float today – before doing the school run three hours later.
The milkman was attacked on his morning round after he refused to give two youths a lift on his float, a dairy farm boss has said.
The milkman, named only as Rob, suffered a cut to his stomach after he was attacked at around 4.45am while delivering glass bottles to the villagers of Tarporley in Cheshire.
Edward Briscoe, 37, owner of Briscoes Dairy, said his employee was saved from a nastier wound because he was wrapped up in a thick coat.
Police are now investigating, and have said that two youths also tried to steal some milk before the incident.
But instead of getting his wounds checked out by hospital doctors, he got patched up at the side of the road and shrugged off the attack to get his kids to class.
The milkman was stabbed while delivering glass bottles to the villagers of Tarporley in Cheshire this morning (pictured, ambulance crews at the scene after the attack)
Mr Briscoe said: ‘Two youths, he reckons they were about 15 or 16, asked him for a lift down a country lane and he said he couldn’t.
‘It’s an electric float, it doesn’t have any passenger seats.
‘One of them tried to get a crate off the back and as Rob has gone round the back one of the lads has stabbed him.’
He added: ‘It’s horrible to think there was intent there to really hurt someone.
‘I dread to think what would have happened if he didn’t have the thick coat on but I’m just so thankful he’s not badly hurt.’
Mr Briscoe said the boys, one around 6ft and the other around 5ft 3in, made off through a gap in a hedge and ran through a muddy field.
Briscoes Dairy posted about the incident in Facebook urging people to come forward with information (pictured, the statement the dairy posted on Facebook)
The incident happened in Eaton Lane and the boys had asked for a lift to the nearby village of Tiverton, he said.
Mr Briscoe added: ‘I think it’s someone from the village … if they are carrying a knife around that is scary to think.
‘Someone’s got to know who it is. The field was seriously muddy, they will be covered – on their shoes, on their trousers.’
Rob, in his mid 20s, has worked for the small family business for around seven years and even wanted to carry on his milk round after the attack once he had been checked over by ambulance staff, he added.
A Cheshire Constabulary spokesman said: ‘Just before 5am, officers were called following reports of a man being stabbed on Eaton Road, Tarporley.
‘It is believed that two males attempted to steal some milk before the incident.
‘The man is believed to have sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene by paramedics.’