Farnworth school dinner lady staggered into colleague's garden after being stabbed six times
A SCHOOL dinner lady — stabbed six times in a frenzied knife attack in Farnworth — staggered to the nearby home of a colleague in search of help.
The St James’ School catering assistant is believed to have been waiting for a bus on Highfield Road at 2.40pm on Tuesday, when a man — thought to be her partner — attacked her before turning the knife on himself.
Both are currently receiving treatment in hospital — the woman at Wythenshawe Hospital and the man at Manchester Royal Infirmary — for injuries not thought to be life-threatening.
The school said police told them the dinner lady knew her attacker and that no pupils were in danger.
Tania Lewyckyj, headteacher at St James’, added the school community have said prayers for the family, who they are in close contact with.
After the attack, it is understood that the female victim staggered to a house in Highfield Road, where she knew a fellow dinner lady lived.
She collapsed on the front lawn outside the house, where her colleague found her and treated her until paramedics arrived.
The colleague’s husband told the Bolton News: “When I returned from work I couldn’t get in at first, the police would not let me across the cordon.
“I understand that this lady came to our house and my wife found her just outside the door.
“She was badly hurt and the incident has shocked my wife, of course, although it’s a relief that the injuries are not life-threatening.
“You just do not expect this sort of thing to happen, not least on your own doorstep, and it certainly makes you think.”
The victim’s alleged attacker was found on a street nearby and also taken to hospital for treatment.
The police cordon was lifted at about 6.30pm on Tuesday.
Mrs Lewyckyj said: “Staff and children were informed that one of the victims in the incident in Highfield Road was one of our dinner ladies, that she knew her assailant and that no one at school was in any danger.
“They were also told that she is making a good recovery.
“Although our children and staff did not witness the incident, we have worked closely with the police and other agencies to offer counselling services.
“Our pupils, staff, police, air ambulance and friends of the school dealt with the situation extremely well and I would like to thank all concerned for their support and help during this difficult time.”
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