High Wycombe residents said they are scared to leave their homes after a stabbing on their road left a man fighting for his life.

Thames Valley Police were called to Tilling Crescent late on Friday night (May 17) after receiving reports of a stabbing at a property on the road.

Officers found a man in his twenties in critical condition, and two men, aged 29 and 32, were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder yesterday, Saturday, May 18.

Residents living close to the cordoned-off home, where police and forensics continue to investigate the incident, said it was just the latest in a growing number of ‘scary’ crimes in their neighbourhood.

A mother of two young children who wanted to remain anonymous said she is planning to move out of the Micklefield area next week, partly because she ‘doesn’t feel safe’.

She said: “There have been too many things like this around here. I just don’t really feel safe. I can’t even take my kids to the park – they say, ‘Mum, can we go?’ and I think, ‘I don’t want to walk that way’.

“I feel like that even though it’s my local park and it’s just five minutes from the house.”

Her partner added: “About ten years ago, this area was really bad (for crime), and then it quietened down a lot.

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"When we told people we were moving here, they said 'Oh no, you're moving to the ghetto'. It was that bad. Then, we've been here for eight years or so and it definitely got better, but in the last couple of years it's worsened again.

 “I think a big part of the problem is what kids now are doing. When I was growing up, we’d get into scuffles but that would be it – everything was fists. Now, it’s all knives and guns.”

Another person who lives just down the road from the police cordon, said: “It’s really scary. I think crime is definitely getting worse around High Wycombe as a whole. Just look at what happened in Downley last weekend.

“But it’s something different when it’s actually happening 100 metres away from you. I didn’t know the people who lived there, I didn’t really see anyone go in or out, but it feels very close.

“There are so many problems with knife crime around London too. But I’ve lived in Wycombe for about seven years, and it is becoming more and more common here – it’s not like everything that happens is reported, either.”