Police are hunting four knife thugs following a stabbing in Glasgow city centre.
‘Traumatised’ volunteers from Homeless Project Scotland stepped in to help the victim, who walked towards their nearby soup kitchen with a ‘trail of blood behind him and wounds across his back’.
With the help of street aid volunteers and local security staff, ‘gushing’ wounds were ‘packed with gauze pads’ while the victim was ‘wrapped in cling film’ in a desperate bid to keep him alive.
Paramedics, ambulance crews and police officers soon arrived and the man was taken to hospital.
The man suffered ‘stab wounds’ and is in a ‘serious but stable condition’ in Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Police Scotland confirmed on Sunday.
Police are now hunting two men and two women they believe to be responsible for the savage attack.
One of the men was wearing a grey hooded top and dark-coloured trousers, the other was wearing a grey jacket, white t-shirt and jeans.
One of the women had long dark-coloured hair that was shaved at the sides and was wearing pink shorts with a black top or jacket.
The other woman was wearing a white jacket, black trousers and white trainers.
She was carrying a white plastic bag at the time of the assault.
Homeless Project Scotland volunteer, Colin McInnes, recalled the late-night horror as himself and others desperately tried to stop ‘blood pouring’ out of ‘the six wounds across the man’s back’.
The 29-year-old from South Lanarkshire previously told the Daily Record : “The whole thing was scary, worrying and alarming for all involved.
“Had it not been for packing the wounds with gauze pads or wrapping the guy in cling film I don’t know if the man would have survived.
“Blood was just pouring out of his back.
“As he walked up towards the soup kitchen, there was a huge trail of blood behind him.
“Some of our soup kitchen volunteers don’t want to come back because, while whatever happened didn’t take place at the soup kitchen, it’s not what you want to witness.
“None of us are medically trained, yet we feel like we’re on the front line at the weekend.”
Colin and other volunteers first thought there was trouble when they heard ‘cheering’ from the nearby McDonald’s food joint.
He added: “There were hundreds of people outside the McDonald’s, a huge crowd, cheering like football fans.
“A few of us wandered up to see what was going on but we couldn’t get a look in, there were so many people.
“Then one man told us that another man was walking towards our soup kitchen bleeding from his back.
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“We headed back and that’s when we found him.
“There was blood everywhere.
“It was awful to witness.”
Police stress that the area was ‘very busy’ at the time of the incident, meaning there could have been a number of witnesses.
Anyone with information, or those who recognise the descriptions of the wanted individuals, are being asked to come forward.
Information can be passed on anonymously.
Detective Constable Stuart Mills said: “Jamaica Street was very busy at the time this man was attacked and I would appeal to anyone who witnessed this serious assault, or who recognises the description of the four people responsible to contact us.
“Anyone with information should contact 101 with reference 3602 of October 1.
“Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111, where anonymity can be maintained.”
The Scottish Ambulance Service were contacted for comment.
Homeless Project Scotland are always looking for volunteers at their soup kitchen they hold every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday on Argyle Street, under the bridge at Glasgow Central Station.
They are desperately looking for part-time drivers to help with deliveries and a new kitchen premises.
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