A MAN was fighting for life after being stabbed in the neck close to Downton Abbey star Brendan Coyle’s house.
The victim, believed to be a local driving instructor in his 60s, was found covered in blood in the middle of a picturesque village in Norfolk.
A man in his 60s was fighting for his life after being stabbed in the villageCredit: East Anglia News Service
Villagers battled to save his life by giving him first aid and to help stem the flow of blood before he was rushed to hospital.
The attack happened near to the home of ex-Downtown star Coyle, who played Lord Grantham’s valet Mr Bates – although the actor was not involved.
The victim was in a serious but stable condition yesterday as cops quizzed a man, in his 50s, who was arrested over the attack.
One near neighbour said: “There was a lot of shouting in the area on Saturday evening, and we saw a police car parked outside another house further up the street.
“Things calmed down, but we then saw a large number of police in the area yesterday morning with a different house cordoned off.”
Another villager said: “The victim was badly hurt. He was given first aid by a guy who lives the other side of the road.
“There was a lot of blood and a real danger that he was bleeding out. It apparently took about 20 minutes for an ambulance to arrive.
“The first I knew of anything was when I saw three or even four police cars outside the house.”
Det Sgt Matt Hendry, from Norfolk Police, said: “We are continuing to investigate the circumstances leading up to this incident.
“However, initial enquiries have established those involved are known to each other.”
The attack happened close to the home of ex-Downtown star Brendan CoyleCredit: East Anglia News Service
Police believe that the people involved know each otherCredit: East Anglia News Service
The victim, believed to be a local driving instructor in his 60s, was found covered in bloodCredit: East Anglia News Service