Aberfan stabbing: ‘Pregnant woman was knifed on school run’ by man known to her as cops make dramatic arrest

A MAN arrested after a pregnant mother was stabbed in the back at least five times on her way to school was “known” to the victim.

Armed police officers swarmed Moy Road in Aberfan, south Wales after responding to reports of the “targeted attack” at around 9.10am this morning.

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Police have arrested a man on suspicion of attempted murderCredit: Jon Rowley
Forensic teams are still in the area

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Forensic teams are still in the areaCredit: Media Wales
The scene on Moy Road after a 29-year-old heavily pregnant woman was stabbed

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The scene on Moy Road after a 29-year-old heavily pregnant woman was stabbedCredit: PA

The man, 28, was taken into custody after at least ten armed police swooped a house near the Welsh village of Aberfan – seven hours after the street stabbing.

The mum-of-two, 29, was under armed police guard in hospital as doctors checked on the health of her unborn baby due at Christmas.

Video footage captured showed a man being led away by officers this afternoon on Wyndham Road, around 1.5miles from the crime scene.

In a press conference this evening, Chief Inspector Miles said: “I appreciate there will be a real sense of shock to the community where the attack happened in broad daylight.”

He has described the stabbing as a “targeted attack”.

The arrested man is known to the victim, who remains in hospital with injuries that are not thought to be life-threatening.

Witness Katie Roberts told Sky News that the woman attacked was “heavily pregnant”.

Roberts said: “I heard some screams this morning. I looked out my window and saw a man on top of a woman.

“I thought he was punching her at first – but then I realised he was stabbing her in the back.

“When I looked in the window, I could see her getting stabbed repeatedly, and I just darted out of the house then with towels and he ran off.

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“I ran out the house immediately after. I ran to her in the street and held towels against her wounds.”

A local mum added: “We heard that all hell broke loose. She is heavily pregnant, maybe seven or eight months and she was taking one of her kids to school.

“But there are police everywhere and we heard the guy got away

“Aberfan has been through enough without all this.”

Villager Gareth Jones, 64, told MailOnline: “She’s not been here for long and was heavily pregnant – not far from giving birth.

“She was taking her child to one of the local schools when this man came out of nowhere and stabbed her in the street.

“It looks like the fellow is still on the loose, there are police everywhere.”

A force spokesperson earlier today said: “South Wales Police were called just before 9.10am this morning with a report that a 29-year-old woman had been stabbed on Moy Road, Aberfan, Merthyr.

“The suspect left the scene immediately after the incident and enquiries are ongoing to find him. 

“A search of the immediate area is being carried out by armed officers.

“Local schools have activated their lockdown protocols to keep pupils safe whilst the incident is ongoing

“We continue to request that people avoid the area so that we can effectively deal with this incident.

“The woman has been taken to hospital with injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening at this time.”

The Welsh Ambulance Service said: “We were called today at approximately 9:10am, to reports of an incident in Aberfan, Merthyr Tydfil.

“We sent one emergency ambulance, one air ambulance and one Cymru High Acuity Response unit to the scene.

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“Advanced critical care support was delivered by the Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service.

“We conveyed one patient by road to University Hospital Of Wales, Cardiff for further treatment.”

SCHOOL LOCKDOWN

Afon Taf High School, Greenfield Special School, Ynysowen Primary School, Ysgol Rhyd Y Grugand Trinity Childcare locked down as a precaution – with all staff and children safe.

It is understood that the schools and childcare centre are not connected to the assault.

Greenfield Special School have now lifted their lockdown.

A spokesperson said: “I can now confirm that we are not in lock down and are resuming our normal procedure.

“However we have decided to postpone our Christmas Fayre until tomorrow evening.”

Some local shops are also thought to have locked their doors after the attack, and a dog walker has postponed all services in the area.

Afon Taf High School told parents: “The school is currently on lockdown due to a police incident in the village.

“All pupils are safe. Please do not contact pupils as everyone is fine.”

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Ynysowen Primary School told parents: “Due to an incident in the locality school is currently on lockdown as a precautionary measure.

“All children are well, we will update parents in due course.

“Please do not call the school as we are keeping the lines free in case police need to call.”

Trinity Childcare said: “We are currently in lockdown as a precaution due to an incident within the community.

“All staff and children are safe.”

The Wellbeing community centre has also said it is closed until further notice.

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Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford told the Senedd: “For the moment our thoughts remain with the people caught up in them.

“There will be more, no doubt, that we will learn.”

Local MP Gerald Jones said: “I have spoken to police regarding a serious incident in Aberfan this morning.

“You may see an increased police presence in the area and I’d encourage everyone to co-operate with police officers as they deal with the incident.”

Armed officers on Wyndham Road, about 1.5miles from the crime scene

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Armed officers on Wyndham Road, about 1.5miles from the crime sceneCredit: Athena
Local schools are currently on lockdown

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Local schools are currently on lockdownCredit: Media Wales
Armed police have swooped on the Welsh village of Aberfan

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Armed police have swooped on the Welsh village of AberfanCredit: Media Wales

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