Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Woman Is Knifed in Binns

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Woman Is Knifed in Binns

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Byline: By SAM BEATTIE

A WOMAN was seriously ill in hospital today after a knife-wielding man walked into a busy town centre department store and stabbed her in the stomach.

The 39-year-old was rushed to James Cook University Hospital and underwent emergency surgery following the apparently random attack in Binns, Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough.

Police have confirmed the victim is an employee from Saltburn.

Staff and customers watched Turn to in terror as the man plunged the blade into the women's abdomen on the store's first floor - the ladies' fashion department - at 4.40pm yesterday.

One shaken employee said: "All the staff are traumatised by what has happened."

The victim, who is not being named by police, worked in the fashion department on the first floor.

A man, aged 33 and from the Darlington area, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder and he was to be questioned by police today.

He was wrestled to the ground by security staff while police rushed to the scene.

Officers say there appears to be absolutely no motive behind the stabbing.

Detective Inspector Heather Eastwood said: "At approximately 4.40pm a 39-year-old female was assaulted on the first floor of Binns department store.

"A male was detained at the scene and the female has been taken to hospital and is receiving treatment for a serious abdominal injury."

Police today described the woman's condition as "poorly but stable".

Teesside documentary film maker Craig Hornby was in Corporation Road when the incident happened.

"There were a lot of police, fire, ambulance and security staff in the area," he said.

"At first people thought it was a false alarm. They were not aware there was a man with a knife who had gone berserk in a shop.

"I then saw a woman being brought out and put into an ambulance."

Four police cars and an ambulance pulled up outside the shop with blue lights flashing.

Scenes of crime officers began investigations shortly after the incident.

A knife was recovered from the scene.

Police confirmed that security staff from other retailers in Middlesbrough town centre had been summoned by an emergency radio call and helped detain the man. …

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