Headteacher stabbed in face and neck with screwdriver outside Rochdale home – neighbour arrested

By Glen Keogh

A Rochdale headteacher was stabbed three times with a screwdriver in broad daylight yesterday – and her neighbour has now been arrested.  

The 39-year-old was attacked just after 5pm when she got out of her car outside her home on Shaw Road, but police are ruling out the possibility it was down to a ‘neighbour dispute’ or ‘feud’.

She was air lifted to hospital and treated for injuries to her face and neck, however her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

A 47-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in police custody for questioning.

Detective Inspector Andy Aston said: “This incident will understandably have caused a lot of concern and anxiety in the local area and I’m sure everyone in the community will be thinking of the woman and wishing her a full recovery after her ordeal.”

DI Aston also wanted to dampen rumour and speculation until more facts were established.

“What I can say is there is no threat to anyone else in the community and it is also important to stress that reports about this being a ‘neighbour dispute’ or ‘neighbour feud’ are wrong, so I would ask that people do not speculate,” he said.

“We will of course keep the community informed of any developments with this case.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or the independent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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