RELATIVES of a man slashed across the face in a terrifying knife attack have revealed the extent of his injuries.
Simon Mitchell, 39, needed a blood transfusion after attempting to fight off his attacker.
Mr Mitchell was attacked in Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, near the Railway pub, at 8.20pm on Wednesday.
His uncle Gerard Hollingworth, 53, told the Examiner that Mr Mitchell had been slashed from his eyebrow to his jaw.
He also suffered slash wounds and cuts to his back, neck, arms and hands. He underwent surgery yesterday at Bradford Royal Infirmary.
His condition remained “stable”, said police.
Mr Mitchell was with a group of other men in Huddersfield Road when a car pulled up, and three or four men got out.
There was a chase and Mr Mitchell was attacked with what was believed to be a Stanley knife.
He collapsed on a grass verge outside the Royd Court sheltered housing complex and two staff from inside used towels to stem the bleeding until paramedics arrived.
Mr Mitchell, who grew up in Mirfield and still lives locally, was taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and later transferred to Bradford.
Police have appealed for witnesses who saw a silver Renault Megane speeding off after the attack.
A 26-year-old man later attended Dewsbury District Hospital with a puncture wound near his ribs. He remained there and was also “stable.”
Police said six men aged 20, 26, 29, 32, 39 and 43 had been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder. Another man was still being sought.
Mr Hollingworth said Mr Mitchell had told them he had no idea why he had been attacked.
Mr Mitchell’s mother Susan had not been contacted by the police, he said.
The first she knew that her son had been attacked was when she heard it on the radio some 21 hours later.
“His mum is livid,” said Mr Hollingworth.
Mr Mitchell lives alone and had left his dog locked in. Relatives had to break in to free the animal.
A police spokesman said Mr Mitchell’s mum rang the helpdesk at 4.55pm on Thursday. Officers had been asked to speak to her last night.