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Headteacher, 39, stabbed 'three times' in the face and neck with a screwdriver outside her homeMan, 47, arrested at scene on suspicion of attempted murder
Victim airlifted to hospital in serious condition
Assailant was 'wrestled to the ground by a passing motorist'Police deny reports attack was sparked by 'neighbourly dispute'
09:24 GMT, 26 April 2013
10:04 GMT, 26 April 2013
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A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a headteacher was stabbed in the face and neck with a screwdriver.
The 39-year-old was attacked as she got out of her car outside her home in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, just after 5pm yesterday.
Police were called to the scene in Shaw Road, Thornham, following reports that she had been stabbed three times.
The assailant was reportedly wrestled to the ground by a passing motorist.
Horrific: A man was arrested on suspicion of attempted after a headteacher was stabbed in the face and neck with a screwdriver as she got our of her car outside her home in Shaw Road (above) in Rochdale
The headteacher was airlifted to Wythenshawe Hospital and is in a serious condition, although her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
A 47-year-old local man was arrested at the scene and is being questioned on suspicion of attempted murder.
One neighbour said: 'She is a really nice lady and her family are good people. She had just got out of her car when it happened.
'A man was driving past in a van and he drove onto the verge and got this guy off.
'The neighbour further up the road rushed out straight away to help her. I think there have been some flashpoints between her family and this guy in the past. But this is totally unexpected.'
Another resident said: 'The ambulance airmen had to cut through the gate so they could get the stretcher through. They were in the field for about half an hour before they took off again.'
Carol Leigh, who also lives on Shaw Road, said: 'I was stunned when I heard the sound and realised a helicopter had landed. I really hope she is okay.'
Detective Inspector Andy Aston, of Greater Manchester Police, said: 'This incident will understandably have caused a lot of concern and anxiety in the local area and I'm sure everyone in the community will be thinking of the woman and wishing her a full recovery after her ordeal.
'I also understand there may be lots of rumour and speculation about what has happened but I would stress that, as we are still at the outset of our investigation, it is important we establish all the facts first.
'However, what I can say is there is no threat to anyone else in the community and it is also important to stress that reports about this being a 'neighbour dispute' or 'neighbour feud' are wrong, so I would ask that people do not speculate.
'We will of course keep the community informed of any developments with this case.'
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or the independent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.