South East Wales

Man airlifted after stabbing in Pontypridd is 'stable'

Cordoned off scene at Tesco Express Image copyright @thatmancalledar
Image caption Police have cordoned off an area outside Tesco Express

A man airlifted to hospital following a stabbing in Pontypridd is in a stable condition in hospital.

Emergency services were called to the Tesco Express store on Taff Street at 12:30 GMT where a 51 year-old man needed treatment for a single stab wound to his abdomen.

The circumstances surrounding the incident are not known and police are investigating.

Officers said the man's injuries are not life-threatening.

The town's Sardis Road was temporarily closed so the man could be taken by air ambulance to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.

It is understood he walked into the Tesco Express seeking help after the alleged attack.

Rumours flying

South Wales Police Det Insp Phil Rees urged the public to remain calm and said police would provide an update when they knew more.

"There were dramatic scenes in Pontypridd this afternoon. We understand people are shocked and there are rumours flying around the community," he said.

"I urge people to remain calm and would like to assure them that we have a team of officers trying to establish what happened."

Tesco said the incident was a matter for police, and staff were helping them with their investigation.

The Welsh Ambulance Service was called at 12:36 GMT and a crew from Swansea took the injured man to hospital.

"A BASICS doctor, a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, an emergency ambulance and the Helimed helicopter were dispatched to the scene, and a man with abdominal injuries was airlifted to the University Hospital of Wales," said a spokesperson.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Image caption The scene on Taff Street in Pontypridd
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Image caption The air ambulance landed at the scene

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