Suspect Held over Stabbing of Mother Faces ID Parade
Jason Bennetto Crime Correspondent, The Independent (London, England)
A man was being questioned last night over the attempted murder of Abigail Witchalls, the mother left paralysed after she was stabbed in the neck.
The suspect, aged 25, was among several dozen people named during more than 400 telephone calls from the public after an appeal for information about the attack in Surrey.
He is expected to be included in a video ID parade that will be shown to the young mother as she lies in her hospital bed.
The suspect is understood to have attended Croydon police station on unrelated matters earlier on Wednesday night. He was then arrested by officers from Surrey police.
He was taken by police to Staines police station yesterday lunchtime. Forensic specialists were searching the suspect's home yesterday, a terraced house on an estate in New Addington, Surrey. A police source described the arrest, made at 11pm on Wednesday night, as 'significant, but not necessary conclusive'.
Detectives are still trying to find the blue estate car that was used by the attacker, who struck in a country lane in Little Bookham on Wednesday last week.
Mrs Witchalls has told police her attacker held a knife to the throat of her 21-month-old son, Joseph before stabbing her.
Mrs Witchalls was described as being in 'good spirits' yesterday and was continuing to make slow progress. She is paralysed from the neck down and has been getting physiotherapy. She cannot speak, but has been able to describe her assailant by mouthing simple words and blinking during nine hours of questioning in her hospital bed by two women detectives. …