15th Nov, 2018

Suspect in Coventry church stabbing sectioned under the Mental Health Act

Editorial Correspondent 10th Apr, 2018 Updated: 10th Apr, 2018

The suspect for the attempted murder of a Coventry woman outside a church has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

Police also confirmed the victim was attending church that morning but the stabbing took place outside.

She remains in a critical condition.

Police told us this morning: “The woman remains in a critical condition. The man who was arrested has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act.”

The horrific incident happened in the early hours of Sunday morning at St Margaret’s Church, Walsgrave Road.

The 26 year-old, from Coventry, was held on Sunday night on suspicion of attempted murder and is currently in police custody for questioning.

A West Midlands Police spokesperson said: “Officers are investigating a stabbing which occurred at around 3:15am this morning (Sunday 8 April) in Coventry.

“Ambulance colleagues alerted police to a woman, thought to be in her 30s, found with a stab wound to her abdomen at St Margaret’s Church on Walgrave Road.

“She was taken to hospital with serious injuries, where she remains in a critical condition.

“Part of the church remains closed this morning while forensic examinations continue.”

Coventry Cathedral tweeted in reaction. It said: “We’re praying for her and for all affected.”

Police say investigations are continuing and anyone with information is urged to call police on 101; quoting crime reference number 20CV/77422X/18.

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