Arrested man in hospital after stabbing incident

Elaine MaslinA 62-year-old woman was found critically injured with stab wounds after police were called to an isolated rural cottage in north Norfolk.Elaine Maslin

A man who is under arrest was still in hospital today following an incident where a 62-year-old was found in her home with serious stab wounds.

The woman was flown by air ambulance to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital where she underwent emergency surgery following the incident on Saturday.

Today a 72-year-old man, who was also found at the scene with a stab wound, remained in hospital and is awaiting police questioning following an arrest. The woman's condition was today described as stable.

Emergency services were called to a rural cottage in North Norfolk on Saturday morning.

The home, at Thurning, between Fakenham and Aylsham, was still sealed off by police yesterday evening and investigations continue at the scene.

Officers were called at about 10.30am to the home in Hindolveston Road and found the 62-year-old woman with serious injuries and a 72-year-old man with an injury.

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A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said both people had suffered stab wounds.

The man was also taken to the NNUH by air ambulance and was said to be in a stable condition.

A spokeswoman for Norfolk police said the man and will face questioning when he is discharged from hospital.

Leading the investigation, temp Det Chief Insp Matt Dyson, said: 'We are in the early stages of our inquiries, but are not, at this time, looking for anyone else in relation to this incident.'

About six police cars, two air ambulances and a land ambulance were called to the home in open countryside near the village of Hindolveston.

Ambulance staff said paramedics were called out to what was described as a person with stab wounds to the neck. They also found the man with a stab wound to his chest, a spokesman said.

Two air ambulances, Anglia One from Norwich and RAF Wyton-based Medic 250, with Magpas staff from Cambridgeshire, were sent to the scene and took the casualties to the NNUH.

A spokesman for Magpas, an emergency medical charity, said it was requested to attend the scene due to the possible extent of the injuries suffered in the incident.

She said the 62-year-old was anaesthetised at the scene before she was taken to the NNUH by air.

It is believed the occupants of the home, a cottage at Roundabout Farm, were a husband and wife who have lived in the house for some time.

The area, in a triangle of predominantly agricultural land between Fakenham, Holt and Aylsham, is very rural and surrounded by fields with few neighbours. The nearest built-up settlement is the village of Hindolveston, about two miles away.