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Domestic abuse suspect arrested over meat cleaver attack

A man wanted over a vicious domestic assault in which a woman was attacked with a meat cleaver has been arrested – after West Midlands Police officers found him hiding in a kitchen cupboard. 

The 42-year-old was detained at a property in Cannon Hill Place, Balsall Heath, at 1.30pm today (10 Jan) having been on the run for almost two weeks.

He was sought over an alleged attack in Church Vale, Handsworth, on 30 December when it’s believed a woman was dragged from her car and repeatedly struck with a cleaver. 

Man arrested over meat cleaver domestic assault

The victim, also aged 42, suffered cuts to her head and another wound to her hand, while a 21-year-old woman also in the car suffered a cut hand. 

And he will also be questioned over another alleged assault on the 42-year-old three days earlier that left her with a fractured cheekbone. 

West Midlands Police Inspector Dave Sproson, said: “We have had a team of officers dedicated to tracing the man for almost two weeks. It’s as a direct result of intelligence they gathered, followed by a rapid CCTV trawl and search of the Balsall Heath area, that they found him hiding inside the address. 

“We believe him to be a very dangerous man and this is a significant arrest. He remains in police custody on suspicion of attempted murder.” 

A 35-year-old woman was also arrested in Cannon Hill Place on suspicion of assisting an offender.

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