The victim of a stabbing in a Market Harborough street was due to be released from hospital today (Wednesday), according to police.
Officers were called at about 7.30pm on the eve of Christmas Eve after reports of an assault in Green Lane, off Cromwell Crescent in the town.
The victim, a man named in court papers as Wayne Leatherland, who is aged in his mid-forties, suffered a single stab wound – believed to be in the chest – and was taken to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, in Walsgrave, in a stable condition on December 23.
A 58-year-old man – Lee Anthony Warburton, of Whitehaven, Green Lane, Market Harbroough, has been arrested and charged in connection with the incident.
Court documents seen by the Mail state that Warburton has been charged with “unlawfully and maliciously wounding Mr Leatherland with intent to do him grievous bodily harm”.
Warburton is also charged with being in possession of a folding pocket knife with a cutting edge of more than three inches in a public place; and possession of an offensive weapon, namely a cosh, in a public place.
It is believed that Mr Leatherland is also from Market Harborough.
Warburton appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Boxing Day, where three charges were read to him.
Magistrates adjourned the case until Friday, January 9, and Warburton was remanded in custody.
Police officers were called out to Green Lane, off Cromwell Crescent in town, at about 7.30pm on December 23 after reports of an assault in a street.
Officers said the victim suffered a single stab wound and was taken to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, in Walsgrave.
Police said yesterday (Tuesday) that Mr Leatherland was due to be released from hospital today (Wednesday), after spending a week receiving treatment.
Neighbours say the first they knew of the incident was when police cars filled the small Market Harborough cul-de-sac of Green Lane just after 7.30pm.
Shortly afterwards residents saw a man being carried into an ambulance on a stretcher.
Witnesses said a man had collapsed at the top of Green Lane.
Initial reports released by police on the night wrongly identified Cromwell Crescent as the scene of the attack. This was later corrected.
There was a heavy police presence outside a home in Green Lane until the next day.
Both ends of the street – at its junction with Cromwell Crescent and at a footpath to Tungsten Way – were cordoned off as police investigations continued.
A Mail reporter and photographer at the scene on the night saw five police cars and at least six officers, one of whom was in plain clothes and was seen going in and out of a home in Green Lane.
Detective Constable 2117 Eliot Burgess, the investigating officer, has said: “We are keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the assault or the events leading up to it.
“If anyone has any information at all we would urge them to please contact police.”
A Mail reporter and photographer were at the scene on the night. They saw five police cars and at least six officers, one of whom was in plain clothes and was seen going in and out of a home.
Leicestershire Police gave a statement to the Mail at 11.04pm on the night confirming someone had been attacked in the street but it was not until the morning after that a stabbing was confirmed.
There were several messages posted by the public on social media websites Twitter and Facebook. Some made references to armed police being in the area but these reports were unconfirmed.
Twitter user @Rob_Johnson_69 tweeted: “Reports on Facebook of armed police and ambulances currently on Cromwell Crescent.”
@GrahamDeacon69 said: “Rumours saying armed police in Market Harborough.”
And @LizzyJarvo said: “Armed police definitely present...I saw them as I drove by.”
When the Mail called the out-of-hours force operations room, a statement had already been prepared for the Press.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is urged to call police on the 101 number, or Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.
Story by Alex Blackwell and Alex Dawson