A MAN has been charged with attempted murder after an NHS worker 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 knifed 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 sourced 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 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.
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