Police reassure public that Gainsborough stabbing was 'one-off' incident
A man has been charged with attempting to murder his step-brother after a stabbing which has shocked the community.
David Jupp, 29, suffered stab wounds and was rushed to Lincoln County Hospital from a house in Ashcroft Road at 12.30am on Sunday, Decem- ber 30.
Police described his condition as critical but stable after surgery.
Mr Jupp's step-brother Darren William Bryant, 30, of Elsham Walk, Gainsborough, has been charged with attempted murder.
He appeared in the dock at Lincoln Magistrates' Court on New Year's Eve and spoke only to confirm his name, age and address.
He was remanded in custody to appear at Lincoln Crown Court on January 7.
A 15-year-old boy was arrested and bailed to March 9 pending further enquiries.
Police have moved quickly to tell the public this was a one-off incident.
Lincolnshire Police spokesman James Newall said: "This is believed to have been a very isolated incident. There's not thought to be any threat to the wider public at all."
Retired engineer Colin Swinton, 70, of Ashcroft Road, described the moments after police arrived.
"The police cordon ran from the Lea Road roundabout to the Thorndike roundabout and no one was allowed down Ashcroft or Strafford Street or under the bridge for most of Sunday," he said.
"It's never too bad down here and this incident is out of the ordinary.
"We offered the police cups of tea and the use of the toilet at our house."
However, Marjorie Howitt, 76, of Stansfield Lane, said she did not feel very reassured.
"Something like this does not encourage you to go out, especially not at night."
Robert Gore, 68, who lives in Cleveland Street, about 300 yards away from Ashcroft Road, said: "If this is an isolated affair then it shouldn't have any impact on the general public.
"Having said that, there's a lot of burglaries, robberies and thefts of copper and lead in this area."
Councillor Harry Clarke, who represents Gainsborough's South-west ward on the town councillor, said: "Gainsborough is relatively free of stabbings – we don't get a lot of serious trouble so this is quite out of the ordinary.
"We have had one or two in the past but we don't get one or two a week or one every day like in some places.
"People should not be getting overly worried about this incident – just carry on as normal."
East Midlands Ambulance Service alerted police to the incident, while forensics officers have been examining the scene of the stabbing.