23/01/2008

Man Held After Horrific Stab Attack

A suspect has been arrested in connection with a knife attack that has left a schoolgirl fighting for her life.

Jessica Knight, 14, suffered multiple knife wounds after being attacked while walking through Astley Park in Chorley, Lancs, at around 5.15pm on Monday.

She is now in a critical but stable condition in hospital amid reports she may have been stabbed up to 30 times.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said the suspect had been arrested overnight on suspicion of attempted murder.

Jessica was found 'covered in blood' after members of the public heard her screams.

Two people walking in the park helped the teenager who was given first aid before being taken to hospital by ambulance.

Jessica underwent five hours of emergency surgery at Chorley Hospital after the attack.

Jessica is thought to have gone to the park, a popular hangout for young people, after visiting shops in Astley Village.

Detectives said they are with the girl's family at hospital and are waiting to speak to her to try to piece together what happened.

In the meantime, extra officers, included mounted police, have been put on patrol in the area to reassure locals.

A 21-year-old man has been arrested.

See: Teenager Critical After Knife Attack



(BMcC)

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