This is the first picture of Mazhar Ali, who was stabbed and killed in a restaurant on Christmas Eve
This is the first picture of a man stabbed and killed in a restaurant on Christmas Eve.
Mazhar Ali, 41, was allegedly attacked by a colleague in front of shocked revellers at a packed celebrity restaurant in Middlesbrough.
A 20-year-old was Tasered and arrested after the alleged stabbing and diners were forced to flee leaving their food on the tables during the bloodbath at Manjaros on the town’s Linthorpe Road.
He is still in police custody following the incident, which took place around 3.40pm yesterday.
The popular African-Caribbean eatery counts the Geordie Shore cast and Tinie Tempah among its most famous clients.
The 41-year-old victim was taken to James Cook University Hospital with a stab wound but has now died, Cleveland Police said.
Kait Robertson, 18, who was in the restaurant at the time, told MailOnline: ‘We were eating our dinner and the waitress came over and told us that we all needed to leave.
A 20-year-old chef was Tasered and arrested after the alleged stabbing and diners were forced to flee leaving their food on the tables during the bloodbath at Manjaros in Middlesbrough
A 20-year-old has been arrested in connection with the incident, which took place at 3:40pm yesterday, and he is currently in police custody
‘The police came in after her and told everyone to leave immediately.
‘There was food left on tables and people had only just got their meals but they were urgent about getting us out.
‘When we walked out the police were focused on the alley down the side of the restaurant.
‘We were really confused at first and then a little bit panicked because it must have been serious to evacuate the restaurant and we thought we could still be in danger.
The popular African-Caribbean eatery counts Gordon Ramsay, the Geordie Shore cast and Tinie Tempah among its most famous clients
The restaurant is popular with celebrities including Chloe Khan and Ex On The Beach’s Ashley Cain, pictured left, as well as former boxer Ricky Hatton, pictured right
‘It’s sad that something like this happened on Christmas Eve. A lot of people were very disappointed and shocked.
‘When we were leaving, the staff were all stood in a line blocking us from going anywhere near the kitchen or staff area so we had no choice but to go out the door.’
Others described seeing police vans descending on the scene with one user suggesting that the incident involved ‘fighting with knives’.
The premises will not be open for the next few days while detectives investigate the incident.
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