Woman and young son suffer 'life-threatening' injuries in North East stabbing
A woman and her young son are fighting for life after being stabbed in a North East house.
At about 2.15pm this afternoon, Wednesday, October 2, police received a report that a woman and her son had been assaulted.
Emergency services attended an address in Portland Close, Wallsend, and found a woman and her infant son inside.
Police say they had both suffered injuries consistent with a bladed article and have been taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.
A man in his 20s, who is known to the victims, was arrested at the address on suspicion of attempted murder. Detectives are not looking for anyone else.
A police cordon is in place and officers have launched an investigation into the assault.
Detective Chief Inspector Dave Cole, of Northumbria Police, said: “This has been a very serious assault that will shock the local community.
“The victims of this assault are currently in hospital in a critical condition and it is still the early stages of our investigation.
“However, I want to reassure the public that this does not appear to be a random attack and that those involved are all known to each other.
“We have a suspect in custody, we are not looking for anyone else and we do not believe there is any wider risk to the public.
“Extra officers will be on patrol in Wallsend this afternoon and throughout the evening to reassure anyone who has any concerns.”
Anyone who witnessed anything in the area of Portland Close that may assist police should call officers on 101 quoting log 539 02/10/19.