BREAKING: Man charged with Belton attempted murder

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Police investigating the stabbing of a pregnant 25-year-old woman in Belton, near Doncaster, last Wednesday have today charged a man in connection with the incident.

Nicholas James Leaning, 28, of Torrington Road, Scunthorpe, is charged with one count of attempted murder and one of attempted child destruction.

He remains in police custody and will appear at Scunthorpe Magistrates’ Court later today.

The seven-months pregnant woman and her baby girl, who was delivered prematurely following the incident, remain in hospital at this time where their conditions are described as stable.

The alleged incident occurred at a property in Ashtree Close, Belton, around 9am on Wednesday and the man and woman are said to be known to each other.

Humberside Police Officers are keen to locate any potential witnesses to the incident and are keen to speak to anyone who may have not already come forward.

Det Insp Alan Curtis, who is leading the investigation, has said: “I am looking to speak to anyone who may have information in connection with this incident. No matter how big or small you think this information might be, it could be vital to the investigation.

“I am particularly keen on speaking to anyone who may have seen one of two vehicles, either in the vicinity of Ashtree Close around the time the incident took place, or if anyone saw either of these vehicles driving away from Belton in the direction of Scunthorpe. Those vehicles are a silver Ford Focus and a red Seat Leon.

“As part of the investigation we have spoken to a number of witnesses however, I think there are people out there who know something and may not have come forward.

“You don’t have to call us, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously and provide whatever information you have.”

Anyone who may have information, and has not yet spoken to police, is asked to call Humberside Police on 101 quoting log 131 of 11 June 2014, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.