Shopkeeper, 61, stabbed in failed robbery attempt
A 61-YEAR-OLD shopkeeper was stabbed "multiple times" in an attempted robbery near his corner shop, according to witnesses.
Three brave builders who overheard the attack helped chase the assailant away from the scene – and one had the knife turned on him.
The victim, named locally as Peter Eizens, is recovering in hospital and police are appealing for witnesses.
One of the main witnesses to the attack said he had heard a commotion near the shop on the corner of Station Road and John Street, in Ilkeston.
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As he and two other builders approached the off-licence, they heard the victim shouting for help from inside the shopkeeper's house connected to the shop.
The door was shut but unlocked so the builders entered the house and saw the victim being stabbed.
The man, who did not want to be named, said: "From what I can gather, he put up a good fight.
"The 'word on the street' is that he was stabbed around 20 times."
The number of stab wounds suffered by the victim is yet to be confirmed.
The witness said: "We could see a few on him – there was a lot of blood."
The builder said he chased the attacker out on to John Street, where the attacker turned the knife on him and attempted to stab him in the stomach.
He said: "I think he realised I was going to catch him."
Police have appealed for witnesses to the attack, which happened at about 7.55am at Sue's Off Licence yesterday.
The area around the attack scene was cordoned off and there were a number of police, including scientific support officers, on duty there after the stabbing.
Mr Eizens was taken to the Queen's Medical Centre, in Nottingham, for treatment.
Police said they had questioned other witnesses and were now waiting for Mr Eizens to recover so they could question him.
The attacker is described as white, in his mid-20s, around 5ft 10ins, of slim build and wearing dark clothing, a black scarf and black gloves. He ran off in the direction of Alvenor Street.
Anyone with information is asked to call Derbyshire police on 101. They can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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