A MAN has been charged with attempted murder after an NHS worker was stabbed at a hospital in Brighton.
Connolly Mellon, 30, is accused of attacking Joseph George, 56, a member of the catering staff at Royal Sussex County Hospital.
Dad-of-two Mr George was on a nightshift when he was knifed and his wife woke up to the grim news on Saturday morning.
A witness said the victim was stabbed three times.
Mr George is currently being treated with non-life threatening injuries.
His wife Beena, a neonatal nurse at the Royal Sussex, told The Sun: “We don’t know anything, we don’t even know how he is yet.
“He works in the catering department. I have been on a nightshift all night and was woken up to this news.”
A source said: “It’s terrible. Joseph is a very dedicated worker and didn’t deserve it.”
Dan Dawson, who reported the attack on Twitter, wrote: “Disgusting to think [he has]been working so hard fighting the virus only to be attacked. Thoughts with [them]and their family.”
Lewes District Lib Dem Councillor, Sean Macleod tweeted: “My wife works at the Sussex County hospital, they have been absolute hero’s [sic]all the staff through this crisis, for someone to go into the hospital and stab a member of staff is frightening. Thoughts and Prayers are with the victim.”
And Hove and Portslade MP Peter Kyle wrote on Twitter: “Shocking news from our Hospital. We don’t yet know why a member of staff was stabbed but I’m thankful to @BtonHovePolice for a swift arrest for attempted murder.
“All affected by this are in my thoughts, especially the victim who I wish a swift recovery.”
In a statement Sussex Police confirmed the hospital was “secured”, with staff and civilians unable to leave as armed officers searched for the attacker.
A witness describes several marked and unmarked police cars “whizzing” past the scene from around 9am.
The attacker fled the hospital and cops swooped on him in nearby Wilson Avenue, with a dramatic photo showing the moment the cops caught up with him.
A Sussex Police spokesman said: “Connolly Mellon, unemployed, 30, of Wilson Avenue, Brighton has been charged with the attempted murder of a 56-year-old man who is a member of staff, at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton on 19 July, and is due to appear in custody at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Monday (20 July).
“The victim was treated for several stab wounds and was discharged from hospital on Sunday evening.”