Man charged with Chloe murder bid
Published 02/04/2011 | 03:02
An 18-year-old man has been charged with the attempted murder of a teenager who was stabbed near the gates of a secondary school.
West Midlands Police said Samuel Tomlinson, from the Sedgley area, would appear before magistrates in Dudley on Monday charged with attempting to kill Chloe West and wounding one of the 14-year-old's fellow pupils.
Chloe, who suffered wounds to her upper body and face outside Ridgewood High School in Stourbridge on Friday, was discharged from Birmingham Children's Hospital on Saturday afternoon after undergoing surgery.
News of the charges brought against Tomlinson came after Chloe's parents issued a statement thanking those who came to her aid outside the school at about 8.40am.
Nigel and Rosemary West, who live with their daughter less than a mile from the school, said she was making a good recovery following treatment.
In a statement issued by Birmingham Children's Hospital to the Press Association, the teenager's father said: "We would like to thank all students, parents and teachers who helped Chloe at the scene. We do not know the names of all those who helped but we look forward to meeting them as soon as we can.
"We'd also like to thank the emergency services who responded so quickly and gave Chloe the very best of care, both at the scene and at the hospital."
Requesting that the family be afforded privacy while Chloe continues her recovery, Mr West concluded the statement by saying: "The surgeons have done a remarkable job of closing Chloe's wounds and are confident of a good recovery.
"However, whilst the physical scars may fade, the memories of the day's events will remain forever."
The school, a specialist science college, was closed in the aftermath of the incident but will reopen as normal on Monday.