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25 / 11 / 2008 - Woman stabbed in stomach loses unborn child
A MUM-TO-BE lost her unborn child when she was stabbed in a domestic fight.
The horrific violence broke out reportedly among two young couples last night at Brinkburn Street, East Howdon, Wallsend.
It is understood the victim had been just eight weeks pregnant.
Northumbria Police are trying to establish what led to the disturbance.
Neighbours heard shouting and police were called to the scene.
The woman was one of several people thought to have suffered knife wounds in the fracas.
She was knifed in the stomach and the blade is believed to have penetrated her womb.
It is understood that during the incident another child was injured when it was dropped on its head.
Police confirmed two men and a woman have been arrested in connection with the stabbing.
Door to door inquiries are continuing today as residents come to terms with the aftermath.
Det Chief Insp Mick Paterson of North Tyneside command area is heading the investigation.
He said: “Two women are today in intensive care in Rake Lane Hospital, North Shields after being stabbed.
“The disturbance broke out at around 11.30pm in two flats. We are trying to establish what happened and as a result two people have been arrested .
“Forensic experts are at the scene. We do not know the condition of stabbed victims today as they are being treated in intensive care.
“I would ask for anyone who witnessed what happened to call officers at North Shields.”
Shocked residents today woke to find police officers guarding the house on Brinkburn Street.
The scene of the attack in Brinkburn Street, Howdon
One officer stood at the front door while another guarded a section in the back lane.
People living in the area were trying to piece together what had happened.
One man, who did not wish to be named, said: “At about 1am this morning we heard some commotion, as though there had been a fight.
“We looked out of our window and saw police cars turning up. But we did not know what was going on.
“It’s quite frightening to know that a woman was stabbed and her baby was also hurt. It’s very sad indeed and we hope her family find strength to get through this.”
Another resident added: “We heard there had been a fight of some sort and someone got stabbed. We also heard a woman who was pregnant was injured.
“I have seen her out and about before but don’t really know much about her. I hope she will be alright. No-one should have to suffer in this way.”
Source : Brenda Hickman, Evening Chronicle