This is the horrific moment a man is confronted before he was stabbed to death in broad daylight in a seaside town.
Grainy images from the CCTV footage show the 23-year-old victim being approached by another man wielding a large knife close to the seafront in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.
The pair appear to exchange words before the victim is stabbed and staggers away into a nearby street where he collapsed at around 12.40pm on Wednesday.
Police have launched a murder inquiry, but have not yet made any arrests and the weapon has not been recovered.
The footage shows the man earlier walking in the road opposite a convenience store in St Peter’s Road.
An image from a video showing an incident where a man was later stabbed to death in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
Police cordon off the scene soon after the man was stabbed to death in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
He is then seen being approached by a man wearing a dark hooded jacket and holding out a knife before the horrific attack seconds later.
Two other people are visible on the pavement in St Peter’s Road, having apparently witnessed the terrifying incident.
The fatally injured man is shown staggering away in the footage into nearby Wellington Road where he collapsed and died.
Witnesses say members of the public made desperate attempts to save his life before emergency services arrived.
The man was still alive with serious injuries when police arrived and was treated by paramedics before being declared dead at the scene. An air ambulance was also seen flying over the area.
Police at the scene after in St Peter’s Street, close to the seafront in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, after a man was stabbed to death leading to the launch of a murder inquiry
Detectives said the victim had been involved ‘in a confrontation with another man’. A post mortem by a Home Office pathologist is being carried out.
The video was passed to the Eastern Daily Press newspaper which handed it on it on to Norfolk Police, saying it wanted to ‘help the investigation and catch those behind the murder’.
The newspaper published still images form the video in its print edition and online, despite police appeals for it not to be shared on social media.
Detective Inspector Dave McCormack who is leading the investigation for Norfolk Police said: ‘We’re aware CCTV footage of the incident has been published online by a member of the public and is being shared on social media.
‘We would ask people not to share this for obvious reasons. Behind this footage is real people; someone has lost their life and a family are left grieving.
‘We have a team of detectives working on this enquiry and while we’re in the early stages of the investigation, we are following numerous leads.
‘I would urge anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has information concerning the people involved to come forward.
‘A murder investigation has been launched and we are in the early stages of our enquiries to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident.’
Local residents said the murder had left them fearing for their safety, with many too scared to give their names.
Office worker Karolina Visockyte, who has lived in the town for 13 years, said: ‘It is really upsetting and shocking.
‘This happened in the middle of the day. People should be having their lunch.
‘I was so traumatised I had to leave work and go home and be with my kids. I don’t feel safe in the town anymore when you see shocking things like this.’
Another resident, who moved to Great Yarmouth from London in 2004, said: ‘Yarmouth is getting bad, this is really worrying. I left London for a reason to avoid gang-related stuff and I’m now concerned that the town is getting worse and worse.’
Taylor Foster, 22, who lives near the murder scene, said his parents now wanted to move out of the town.
He said: ‘As soon as my dad found out he rang my mum and said we need to find a new house. My little sister is 12 and we are all worried about her future growing up here.
‘When we got home we had to be escorted to our front door because the end of our road was taped off.’
The operator of coffee shop Yednotta UK in St Peter’s Road said murders were no longer ‘uncommon’ in the town.
He said: ‘It was quite scary. This happened just a street away. We didn’t see the incident, but we saw the commotion of people running, shouting and then police on the scene soon after.
‘But we are not surprised, it is not uncommon in Yarmouth anymore which is such a shame.’
Ronald Rumsby, who walks his dog Oscar along Wellington Road every day and has lived in the area for more than 50 years, said: ‘I am worried about the next generation.
‘I think it is cowardly to carry a weapon. If people are going to fight, do it with their hands.’
The murder happened as police resources in Great Yarmouth were being stretched by the discovery of a World War Two German bomb which was dredged up from the River Yare in the town during a bridge building project on Tuesday.
The discovery led to hundreds of local residents being evacuated while an Army bomb disposal team began trying to make the 250kgs device safe. The incident is still ongoing with police moving everyone out of ‘red zone’ up to 200m away from the bomb.
Anyone else living up to 400m away has been strongly advised to leave. Sandbags have been piled around the bomb as soldiers began cutting into it in preparation for a controlled explosion.
Great Yarmouth policing commander, Superintendent Nathan Clark said he wanted to ‘reassure residents that sufficient resources were in place’ in the aftermath of the murder and the discovery of the bomb.
He said: ‘The ongoing major incident didn’t impact our ability to respond, and we have sufficient resources in place and will have a strong police presence in the area today.
‘We know this incident has caused concern among the local community, especially for such a level of violence to be used in the middle of a street during the day.
‘I would like to reassure the public we are working hard behind the scenes to find the person or persons responsible, and we will keep people updated as the investigation progresses.’
Anyone with information should contact Norfolk police on 101 quoting incident number 176 of February 8. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via crimestoppers-uk.org