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Woman stabbed several times

John Cowley - wanted by police

10:45am 11th October 2018
(Updated 5:34pm 11th October 2018)

A woman has been stabbed repeatedly in the stomach in Mawdesley

Police were called by the Ambulance Service around 5.45pm yesterday (Wednesday, October 10th) following reports a woman had been stabbed outside an address on Moody Lane.

A car was also set on fire outside the house.

Officers attended and a 50-year-old woman was found at the scene with several wounds to her chest. She was taken to Aintree Hospital by air ambulance and is currently in a serious but stable condition.

Following enquiries, detectives want to trace John Cowley, in connection with the attack.

John Cowley - wanted by police

Cowley, 63, is described as white, 5ft 8in tall, with grey hair.

Police are appealing for information leading to his whereabouts and advising people not to approach him.

Det Supt Claire McEnery, of Lancashire Police, said:

“We are continuing to work hard to trace John Cowley and to speak to him about what are very serious offences.

“We believe that this was a targeted attack and while we would ask that if anyone sees John they do not approach him but report sightings to the police we do not believe that there is any significant on-going risk to the wider public

 “I would urge anyone who has seen him, or a man matching his description, to contact police immediately.

 “I would also urge John himself to hand himself in if he sees this appeal.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log 1091 of October 10 or in an emergency or for an immediate sighting call 999. Alternatively you can contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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