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Pair held over stabbing of father

Police have arrested a man after a father-of-six was stabbed while waiting to pick up his children outside school.

The 37-year-old suspect was held after the victim, named locally as Steven Higginson, was knifed in the chest and side, while waiting with other parents at 3.30pm yesterday outside North Walkden Primary School in Salford, Greater Manchester.

Bloodied and injured, Mr Higginson staggered into the school to get help.

The 33-year-old has since been discharged from hospital.

The suspect is now being questioned, along with a woman, aged 30, on suspicion of attempted murder.

The victim was standing outside the school gates when he became involved in a row with his attacker and a woman, leading to a fight and him being stabbed.

The suspect and the woman with him then got into a car, a silver Vauxhall Corsa, and drove off.

Police said they are known to the victim and it is all part of an "ongoing dispute".

Detective Inspector Ben Hart of Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said: "A lot of people would have witnessed what happened which would have been very distressing.

"We now understand the victim, the man and woman are all known to each other. We believe there has been an ongoing dispute which has erupted into violence outside the primary school.

"The nature of this attack is appalling and I would like to reassure the children, parents and local residents that this appears to be an incident between people who were known to each other already and not a random attack.

"There is no suggestion from the inquiries undertaken so far that any children were directly at risk during the attack.

"We are now working closely with the school to make sure that all necessary measures are taken to support a return to normality for the children on Monday."

Anyone with information is asked to call police in 0161 856 5097 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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