THE pregnant wife of a security guard fighting for his life after being stabbed in a ferocious attack has appealed for help in finding his attackers.
Distraught Sarah Davies, 29, spoke yesterday as her husband, David, 32, battled to recover from surgery after he was suffered horrendous injuries in the callous attack.
She is expecting the couple’s third child.
At a press conference at Dewsbury police station she said: “I hope these people are sleeping well at the moment because I’m not.
“What they did was unnecessary; he did everything they asked of him.’’
Doting dad David was dropping off money at the Tesco supermarket in Cleckheaton at 2pm on Monday when two raiders confronted him.
David, who works for security firm Group 4, put up a courageous struggle against his attackers at first, before doing what his training tells him and dropping the box of cash on the ground.
But despite the hooded thieves having the substantial amount of money in their possession they still stabbed him several times in the body.
David, who was with a colleague when the attack happened, is in a critical condition.
Sarah made an impassioned appeal for help in tracing the cowardly robbers, who were accompanied by a getaway driver.
She also paid tribute to the man she called her best friend and a “joker”.
Sarah, who is mother to David’s two children Joshua, five, and Luke, two, said: “It is very surreal, I feel like I’m in an episode of The Bill.
“Our five-year-old son is missing his dad terribly and wants to speak to him on the phone. He wants to know where daddy is.
“David was conscious before he went into surgery and he joked that he wasn’t going to make his hours this month.
“He looked over at his mum and asked if she was all right, despite what he was going through.
“David is a hard worker, a loving dad and my best friend. I hope he is strong enough that I get the man back that I married, but who knows what psychological damage it will have done.
“All I want to do is be by his bedside, but I want somebody to realise that what has been done is wrong.”
The family live in Bierley near Bradford.
Det Supt Chris Thompson, who is leading the investigation, said: “I am now aware that David put up a real struggle against his attackers, extremely brave and extremely courageous.
“But in line with his training the box was placed on the ground and the attackers took possession of a substantial amount of cash.
“The worrying factor is that at that point I would have expected them to leave the scene.
“Instead they subjected David to a ferocious knife attack, which we are treating as attempted murder.
“This was totally unnecessary and totally unwarranted violence against a very brave man, a very professional man, a very loving man.”
Det Supt Thompson said they had recovered one getaway vehicle, which had been driven by a third man. It had been stolen days before and police are now searching for a further vehicle.
The robbers were in a black Seat Leon, but this was found abandoned on nearby Birkett Street. The robbers then got in a silver Audi estate.
Det Supt Thompson said the attack had similarities to other robberies in the West Yorkshire and police were looking into the possibility they are linked.
He added: “This is a young family that is absolutely devastated.
“We are also aware that his colleague in the security vehicle was in a very difficult position and is very traumatised by this incident.”
Det Supt Thompson said the three raiders were all white and wore hooded tops partially covering their faces.