Woman in 20s 'seriously injured' after stabbing outside Luton school

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The attack took place outside Beech Hill Primary on Dunstable Road. Credit: PA

A woman in her 20s has been seriously injured after being stabbed opposite a primary school.

Police said the attack happened near Beech Hill Primary in Dunstable Road in Luton just after 8.30am on Tuesday.

Officers said the victim has been taken to hospital with serious injuries.

A 30-year-old man has been arrested and is currently in police custody.

Pictures taken at the scene show an evidence tent on the street directly opposite the school and police on duty guarding the area, which is also near the Luton Hotel and a small Catholic church.

Forensics officers could be seen carrying bags of evidence, while concerned passersby were asking police what had happened.

Part of the street near the school has been taped off. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police were unable to confirm whether the woman was a mother with children at the school, or whether the attack was witnessed by families on the school run.

Police said all the children were safe within the school and there was no wider threat to the public.

A school spokesperson said: “Bedfordshire Police is investigating the stabbing of a woman near the school in Dunstable Road.

"Following the incident, the school was on lockdown for approximately one hour purely as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children and staff.

"Parents have been advised of the incident and emotional support is available to all children and staff who may require it.”

Officers said they would maintain a strong presence in the area for reassurance.

Det Chief Insp Marios Wheeler said: "We are treating this as a targeted attack on a young woman who was known by the offender, and would reassure the public that there is no wider risk to them.

"That said, the incident took place at a busy time of day and was witnessed by several people. We would urge people with any information whatsoever to come forward.

"We understand this incident is worrying for pupils and parents of the school, local residents and the wider community. A dedicated team is working closely with our partners to reassure people who live, work and study in the area."

Cllr Javeria Hussain, Portfolio Holder for Education, praised school staff for acting quickly.

She said: “Whilst this was an isolated incident outside the school grounds, I would like to commend the professionalism of the school staff in implementing the correct procedures rapidly to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children and staff."

Anyone with any information about the incident is urged to contact police on 101 quoting Operation Noriker.

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