A MURDER suspect had part of his foot sliced off by a train in The Netherlands before he was arrested by Dutch police, The Bolton News can reveal.
The gruesome incident happened shortly after mum-of-three Kelly Davies was stabbed to death in Queen Street, Farnworth, last month. The 35-year-old man is believed to have lost part or all of his foot, and is now recovering in hospital in Holland.
He was arrested on suspicion of Ms Davies’ murder on Friday, June 8, and police are waiting until his condition improves before he can be flown back to the UK, which could take another month.
His condition is described as serious but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
It is thought the incident happened a few days before his arrest.
A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: “We can confirm that a 35-year-old man has been involved in a collision with a train in Holland and is in hospital.
“He will be brought back to the UK when his condition improves.”
The man was arrested by Dutch police on behalf of GMP, who also enlisted the help of the Serious Organised Crime Agency to obtain a European arrest warrant.
Ms Davies was found with multiple stab wounds at her flat at 1pm on Monday, June 4.
A friend found her body when they called at the flat to collect Ms Davies and her daughter to give them a lift to a party.
Police are appealing for witnesses to contact them.
They are particularly keen to speak to a man who was seen on CCTV leaving Tasters takeaway next to The Wellington pub in Market Street at 11.30pm on Saturday, June 2.
Police say that they do not believe the man they want to speak to is involved in Ms Davies’ death, but may be able to help with their inquires.
He is white, medium build, with white or grey hair, and was wearing a light coloured coat.
He got into a dark saloon car, parked directly outside the takeaway and drove off in the direction of Queen Street, heading away from Farnworth.
Anyone with information can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.