Woman 'stable' after being stabbed near school

Crime scene outside Beech Hill
The incident happened on Dunstable Road in Luton on Tuesday morning [Minreet Kaur/BBC]

A 30-year-old man has been arrested after a woman was stabbed near a primary school, police have said.

The woman, who is in her 20s, was attacked in Dunstable Road, Luton, Bedfordshire - near Beech Hill Primary School - at about 08:30 BST on Tuesday.

Police said she had suffered serious injuries and was in a "stable" condition.

They said the man was "in police custody for questioning".

Crime scene outside Beech Hill
Bedfordshire Police said officers would remain in the area to reassure the public [Minreet Kaur/BBC]

"All children of Beech Hill Primary School, near the site of the attack, were safeguarded," said Bedfordshire Police in a statement.

"Police have maintained a strong presence in the area, which will continue for public reassurance."

Det Ch Insp Marios Wheeler added: "We are treating this as a targeted attack on a young woman who was known by the offender, and would reassure the public that there is no wider risk to them.

"That said, the incident took place at a busy time of day and was witnessed by several people. We would urge people with any information whatsoever to come forward.

"We understand this incident is worrying for pupils and parents of the school, local residents and the wider community. "

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