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Man in custody after 'pregnant' woman stabbed in 'targeted' attack in south Wales

Man in custody after 'pregnant' woman stabbed in 'targeted' attack in south Wales

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a woman, who is reportedly heavily pregnant, was stabbed in a village in South Wales.

The mother, 29, was stabbed "at least five times" after taking her children to primary school at around 9.10am on Tuesday, The Times reports, while naming her as Romanian national Andreea Pintilli.

Neighbours told The Times the attacker was "lying in wait" for her as she returned home to Moy Road in Aberfan.

South Wales Police said they arrested a man, 28, from Merthyr, who they say is known to the victim, just before 4pm.

The scene on Moy Road in Aberfan on Tuesday (Andrew Matthews/PA Wire)
The scene on Moy Road in Aberfan on Tuesday (Andrew Matthews/PA Wire)

Chief Inspector Rob Miles said: "I appreciate that there will be a real sense of shock within the local community with the attack having happened in broad daylight.

"I would like to reassure the public that we believe this to be a targeted attack.

"There will be an increased police presence in the area over the coming days to provide reassurance to local residents and the wider community."

Police said the woman was taken to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff with injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening.

Schools and a community centre were closed after the incident as a precaution.

Chief Inspector Rob Miles of South Wales Police (Andrew Matthews/PA Wire)
Chief Inspector Rob Miles of South Wales Police (Andrew Matthews/PA Wire)

"Thank God she is okay. I was so worried about her," the victim's ex-partner and father to her two children, Teodor Balan, told The Times.

"She is a very good mother, she is looking after the children very well. It was difficult for her to bring up two children while working part time."

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesman said: "We sent one emergency ambulance, one air ambulance and one Cymru high acuity response unit to the scene, where advanced critical care support was delivered by the emergency medical retrieval and transfer service.

"We conveyed one patient by road to University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, for further treatment."

Lynne Terrett, from Merthyr Tydfil, told the PA news agency her daughter, Kira Terrett, was walking her dog near home and heard the woman running towards her.

"(The woman) fell," she said. "My daughter screamed, and people came out from everywhere."

Ms Terrett said her daughter was shaken and added that the victim was pregnant.

Susan Prothero, who has lived in Aberfan for 30 years, told PA: "(It’s) a very quiet area. I have lived here 30 years and nothing like this has happened here."