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Father relives terrifying knife attack in pub.

A FATHER told of his horror yesterday after being knifed three times by a mental patient who had slipped out of a treatment unit.

Arthur Jensen, 43, was enjoying a post-work drink when he noticed an agitated man enter the Victoria Hotel in Rainhill, Merseyside.

He carried on chatting with friends when the man approached and said: 'It seems that people on this table are talking about me.'

Father-of-two Mr Jensen told him he was wrong, but the man replied: 'Well, this is what they get', before trying to stab him in the neck with a kitchen knife.

Mr Jensen said' Luckily, I had seen the knife and I managed to deflect it, into my shoulder.

'I knocked him to the floor and he managed to stab me again twice.

Mr Jensen, an electrician's mate, received hospital treatment for his wounds and has been forced to take sick leave.

The knifeman, believed to be aged 35 and from Manchester, was a patient at the T5 unit at Whiston Hospital.

The unit is not secure but the man should not have been allowed to leave.

He was arrested after the incident, which took place at 6pm on Tuesday, and detained
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 9, 2005
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