Stabbing suspect still helping police inquiries, while alleged victim now 'stable' in hospital

The Northern Echo: CRIME SCENE: Police at Poplar Street in Stanley. PICTURE: Stuart Boulton CRIME SCENE: Police at Poplar Street in Stanley. PICTURE: Stuart Boulton

A MAN is continuing to help police inquiries into an alleged multiple stabbing of a woman at the home they shared until recently.

The 34-year-old was arrested on suspicion of the attempted murder of the woman, in the incident at a terraced house in South Moor, Stanley, County Durham.

He was detained when officers arrived at the scene, in Poplar Street, following a call to emergency services at about 10pm on Monday (May 26).

When police arrived at the address paramedics were already treating the victim, named locally as 34-year-old Joanne Bolton.

She was suffering injuries to both her head and body and was initially taken for treatment to the University Hospital of North Durham, in Durham, but was subsequently transferred in a serious condition to the Royal Victoria Infirmary, in Newcastle.

Durham Police said she was in a ‘stable’ condition today (Wednesday May 28), as they were granted an extension to continue to detain the arrested man for further questioning.

House-to-house inquiries have taken place in the Poplar Street area and forensic teams have been at work at the scene of the alleged stabbing.

But anyone with information over the incident on Monday are asked to call the force via the 101 line, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800-555-111.

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