A 65-year-old man has appeared in court after a stabbing close to a Wiltshire convenience store.

A man in his 30s was stabbed outside Co-op in Pewsey at around 5.25pm on Monday evening (September 4).

Luciano Marenghi, 65, of High Street, Pewsey has now been charged after his arrest at the scene.

The pensioner faced charges of grievous bodily harm with intent and possessing a bladed article in a public place when he appeared at Swindon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday. 

“We understand this will be a concerning incident for the community, but please be assured that this is believed to be a targeted assault where the victim was known to the suspect,” said local Insp Ben Huggins.

The victim of the stabbing is believed to have suffered injuries which are not thought to be life changing.

“The victim was swiftly given first aid, while members of the public also helped to restrain the suspect until officers arrived at the scene,” added Insp Huggins.

“Their bravery undoubtedly helped aid the victim in their recovery and meant that the suspect was detained and arrested.

Wiltshire Police said that residents are likely to see an increased policing presence in the area over the coming days.