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Man held after cathedral stabbings

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31 July 2008

by Ed Beavan

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A MAN was detained under the Mental Health Act this week after two women were stabbed at Lichfield Cathedral on Tuesday.

A 34-year-old woman was stabbed inside the Cathedral at about 5 p.m. She received an injury to her buttock. Shortly afterwards a second woman, aged 63, who was in a street next to the Cathedral, was stabbed in the arm.

Police arrived at the Cathedral within six minutes of a 999 call, and a 42-year-old man was sectioned under the Mental Health Act. The man was apprehended by the chief verger of the Cathedral, Chris Craddock.

The Bishop of Lichfield, the Rt Revd Jonathan Gledhill, was told of the incident at Canterbury, where he is attending the Lambeth Conference. He praised the speedy and efficient response of the police and Cathedral staff, and was said to be glad that the incident, although serious, was not as grave as it could have been.

The Dean of Lichfield, the Very Revd Adrian Dorber, described the attack as “distressing”, but said that it was an “out-of-the-ordinary incident”.

The two women were taken to Goodhope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield for treatment, and returned home on Tuesday night.

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