A man is seriously ill in hospital after being stabbed at a BP service station in Downfields, near Soham, Cambridgeshire, owned by MRH.

Police were called to the service station in Fordham Road at around 2.20pm on Thursday September 5, after receiving reports that a man had been stabbed inside the site’s Spar store.

It is believed a customer was standing by the sandwich chiller when an older man walked up to him and stabbed him in the side.

The injured man went to the till for help and his assailant dropped the knife and waited in the aisle until the police arrived. A police spokesman said a 48-year-old man was arrested at the scene and taken to Parkside Police Station in Cambridge.

An air ambulance attended the site within 10 minutes and the injured man was taken by land ambulance to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, with serious, but not life threatening injuries.

Detective sergeant John Yore said: “The man was stabbed inside the shop while it was busy with people both inside and outside on the garage forecourt.

“He suffered a serious stab wound to his upper body, although I am told he is not in a life-threatening condition.

“A man has been arrested and a knife has been recovered.”

The site was closed while scene of crime officers carried out their enquiries, but was able to reopen by 5.30pm.

MRH managing director John Lynn said: “The area manager is on the scene ensuring the well-being of management and staff at the site is taken care of.”