Belfast Telegraph

Friday 31 October 2014

Footballer’s career in doubt after being stabbed in legs

A Premier League footballer's career is shrouded in uncertainty today as he lies in hospital with serious stab injuries to his legs.

Two men were arrested following the attack on West Ham player Calum Davenport and his mother in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Davenport, 26, and his 49-year-old mother were both injured in the incident at his mother's home in Bedford and taken to hospital.

The footballer, who was a multi-million pound signing and an England Under-21 international, underwent emergency surgery yesterday morning.

Neither his nor his mother's injuries were thought to be life-threatening but both were detained in hospital overnight.

A spokesman for Bedford Hospital said: “His condition is serious but stable and his mother is in a stable condition.”

A 25-year-old man was arrested in Derby on suspicion of attempted murder on Saturday afternoon and taken to Bedford for questioning, Bedfordshire Police said.

A spokeswoman for the force said a 19-year-old man arrested soon after the incident remained in custody at the town's Greyfriars police station.

Neighbours on leafy Springfield Avenue described “noisy” scenes before emergency services arrived at the three-bedroomed semi-detached house.

Ann Desics, 61, described how she had seen a pool of blood outside the house on Saturday morning following an argument in the street.

Another neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said she had also been woken up.

“There was a lot of shouting going on,” she said.“There was screamingfrom a woman saying ‘There's blood everywhere’.”

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