Chilling moment man has face sliced open after accidentally getting in way of bar knife attack

THIS is the chilling moment a knife-wielding maniac calmly walks into a packed bar and stabs a member of the public in the face.

CCTV captured the shocking incident in which an innocent bystander was left permanently scarred after accidentally getting in the way of the brutal attack.

 The attacker can be seen lunging at a man with a knife but missing and slashing a bystander

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The attacker can be seen lunging at a man with a knife but missing and slashing a bystanderCredit: Twitter / Gloucestershire Police
 Police are hunting Darren Cohen, 35, in connection with the attack in Gloucester

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Police are hunting Darren Cohen, 35, in connection with the attack in GloucesterCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
 Eric Harrison was left with a scar which snakes down from his right eye to the back of his neck

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Eric Harrison was left with a scar which snakes down from his right eye to the back of his neckCredit: SWNS:South West News Service

The assailant – believed to be Darren Cohen, 35, from Hempsted, Gloucester, who has strong links to Wolverhampton – walks into Gloucester’s Zest nightclub at around 1.30am on 27 September 2015.

His face can clearly be seen as he approaches a man standing in the middle of the busy nightspot.

But as he suddenly launches his attack, he misses the intended target.

Instead he slashes 49-year-old Eric Harrison’s face as he stands chatting to pals.

He then turns and flees – brazenly walking past police as he exits the club.

Eric has now spoken out about coming to terms with the shocking scar which snakes down from his right eye to the back of his neck.

He said: “I didn’t know he had done that at the time, I didn’t realise until I stood back up and I felt the blood trickle down my neck.

“That’s when I realised I’d been cut and then people that knew me in the bar, because I’m from Gloucester, said ‘You’ve been slashed down your face’.

“At first I found it really hard, sometimes I wouldn’t even go out. The way I felt about it, I wouldn’t go anywhere and people just kept looking at it.

“If I’d go to the shop they’d look at it. If you are here even with family they are looking at it and they talk about it.

“It’s something they are not used to seeing, a scar like that on my face.”

 The assailant can be seen entering the nightclub on CCTV moments before the attack

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The assailant can be seen entering the nightclub on CCTV moments before the attackCredit: Twitter / Gloucestershire Police
 The attacker swipes repeatedly at his target, missing and slashing Eric

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The attacker swipes repeatedly at his target, missing and slashing EricCredit: Twitter / Gloucestershire Police
 The man then turns and flees the nightclub, calmly walking past police officers as he reaches the door

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The man then turns and flees the nightclub, calmly walking past police officers as he reaches the doorCredit: Twitter / Gloucestershire Police

The suspect is still at large a year on from the horrific attack and police have now renewed their appeal for information.

Crimestoppers is also offering a reward of up to £1,000 for information that leads to a conviction.

Detective Inspector Hannah Mackie said: “The footage shows a very dangerous man who thought nothing of casually walking into a crowded bar and attempting to stab someone in front of everyone.

“His cool and calculated demeanour throughout is quite chilling and makes the video even more shocking.

“He was clearly targeting the man he lunged for but as is so often the case with knife crime a completely innocent member of the public was caught up in it and suffered very nasty facial injuries.

“We’re asking people to take a moment and register Cohen’s features.

“We think he may have taken a casual job since he went on the run and will almost certainly be using a false name.

“If you think you have seen him call 101 or 999. Don’t approach him.”

Anyone with information is being urged to contact Gloucester police on 101 or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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