Hero butcher knifed while protecting woman 'hiding in shop storeroom'

The shop worker was stabbed as he tried to intervene in an incident
-Credit: (Image: Birmingham Live)

A hero butcher was knifed in the back after he stepped in to help a woman "hiding in a shop storeroom".

Shocking CCTV footage showed a number of shop workers trying to speak to a man, who was allegedly seen dragging a young woman across the supermarket. Workers intervened after noticing her run and hide in the storeroom at Sonali Supermarket in Aston, near Birmingham, on the morning of Monday, May 13.

According to Birmingham Live, a man reportedly ran in after her and was was said to have been seen pulling her hair and dragging her. Dad-of-two Ali Shabbir, who works as a butcher, was among those who rushed to help - but he only realised he had been stabbed when he returned to work after the drama.

He shared a graphic image of the wound near his spine as his wife told how he called her to say: "I've been stabbed."

Ali's wife said: "He was at work and around 10.30am a young lady - she must have been about 19 - ran into the shop where he works and hid in the storeroom.

"A couple of minutes later, a bloke came running in after her. He went to the store room as well. My husband intervened when this guy was pulling the girl by the hair and her arm and dragging her across the shop, so he tried to calm him down. The other workers took the girl and got her away from the guy.

"My husband had him, he was trying to calm him down and say 'listen, there's CCTV, sit there, talk about it instead of getting violent.' At some point he must have stabbed my husband, but at that time, he didn't know - then he got aggressive and started fighting."

After a few minutes, police arrived and took the woman to give a statement as the man had already left. Ali's wife explained: "My husband started working again and he realised he felt a bit damp. When he touched his back, it was covered in blood. At that point he realised he had been stabbed."

West Midlands Police confirmed officers were investigating the incident. A spokesman for the force urged anyone with information to get in touch. Their statement read: "This includes CCTV inquiries and speaking to any possible witnesses.

"If you can help with our investigation, you can contact us via Live Chat on our website, or by calling 101 quoting crime reference 20/474436/24." Read more about the incident here.

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