Father stabbed outside school


Published: Saturday 29th November 2014 by The News Editor

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A father of six is recovering in hospital after being stabbed while waiting to pick up his children outside a primary school.

The victim, named locally as Steven Higginson, 33, was knifed in the chest and side, while waiting with other parents at 3.30pm yesterday outside North Walkden Primary School in Salford, Greater Manchester.

Bloodied and injured he staggered in to the school to get help.

Mr Higginson is now in a stable condition in hospital.

Police today appealed for a man and woman involved in the attack to come forward and said they are known to the victim and it is all part of an “ongoing dispute”.

Mr Higginson was standing outside the school gates when he became involved in a row with his attacker and the woman, leading to a fight and him being stabbed.

The suspect and the woman with him then got into a car, a silver Vauxhall Corsa, and drove off.

Detective Inspector Ben Hart, of Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said: “Obviously at that time of the day, there would have been a number of parents picking up their children.

“A lot of people would have witnessed what happened which would have been very distressing.

“We now understand the victim, the man and woman are all known to each other. We believe there has been an ongoing dispute which has erupted into violence outside the primary school.

“The nature of this attack is appalling and I would like to reassure the children, parents and local residents that this appears to be an incident between people who were known to each other already and not a random attack.

“There is no suggestion from the inquiries undertaken so far that any children were directly at risk during the attack.

“We are now working closely with the school to make sure that all necessary measures are taken to support a return to normality for the children on Monday.

“I would like to appeal for anyone with information to come forward and make contact with us if they have seen any part of these events taking place.

“We are now making extensive inquiries to trace the two parties who attacked the victim and I would like to appeal directly to them to make contact with me as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police in 0161 856 5097 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Published: Saturday 29th November 2014 by The News Editor

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