Teen stabbed in town centre says he is “lucky to be alive”

Stab victim Gareth Booth with his friend Sammy Khan
Stab victim Gareth Booth with his friend Sammy Khan

A teenager has told how he thought he was going to die after he was stabbed in the neck with a bottle in Halifax town centre.

Gareth Booth, 19, said he could feel blood squirting from the wound in his neck after being struck in Silver Street in the early hours of Good Friday.

Gareth, better known as Gaz, had been enjoying a night out with friend Sammy Khan when the attack occurred just before 5am.

Gaz said: “When I felt the bottle hit me and saw the blood, I thought I was dead.

“I could feel blood squirting from my neck as I went to put my hand on it. It was everywhere and my clothes were absolutely soaked.”

Strangers gathered around to help stop the bleeding before Gaz, who passed out as he lay in the road, was rushed to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.

Once there he underwent emergency surgery on his neck muscle and salivary gland, with doctors telling him later that he was lucky to be alive.

The blow narrowly avoided seriously damaging his main neck artery.

He has suffered some nerve damage and has slight problems with vision and hearing, and it may be some time before the full extent of his injuries are known.

He was released from hospital on Sunday morning, and is now recovering at home in Northowram with his mum Debbie and his family.

Gaz, a former pupil of St Catherine’s Catholic High School in Holmfield, has been inundated will messages of support.

“The people who stopped to help me saved my life, so I want to thank them and all the people who have sent me messages. Lots of people have sent me messages saying I owe them a t-shirt because my blood is on theirs,” he said.

“I just don’t know how anyone could do something like this. I want people to know the impact that doing something like this can have on someone.”

Two men have been arrested in connection with the assault and have been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Anyone with information about the attack is being urged to call Calderdale CID on 101.