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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Extra police patrols on Carlisle estate after attempted murder

Extra police are patrolling Raffles in Carlisle after an attempted murder at a New Year’s Eve party.

Raffles Avenue photo
Raffles Avenue, Carlisle

Joe Malloy, 23, who became a father just five months ago, needed life-saving surgery after the 4am attack at a house in Raffles Avenue.

His condition was so serious that he was transferred to the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle for further surgery, where his condition was yesterday described as “stable”.

Seven men from Carlisle, aged between 19 and 59, and one man from Wigton aged 24, were arrested on the day. Seven of the men have been bailed until February 12 while the police investigation continues. One man, aged 59 from Carlisle, has been released with no further action.

Police last night renewed appeals for anyone with information about the stabbing to come forward.

Detective Chief Inspector Lesley Hanson said they were keen to talk to anyone who was at the party or had relevant information.

“Crimes like this are thankfully rare in Cumbria, and this was an isolated incident,” she said.

“We have extra patrols in the area, and if anyone has any concerns I encourage them to speak to an officer.”

Mr Malloy’s cousin Kat Vevers, 24, issued an emotional appeal, saying that anybody who could help detectives piece together what happened to Joe should call them immediately.

“Joe is always a pleasure to be around and always making people laugh,” said Miss Vevers, a business studies student from Lowry Hill, Carlisle.

She said he was absolutely over the moon when his daughter Millie was born.

Mr Malloy’s close family – including his mother Julie Robinson, stepfather Andy, and his fiance Amy-Jane Sanderson, 24 – have been at his bedside in at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.

Anyone who wants to speak to the investigation team should call Cumbria police on 101 and ask for the Carlisle incident room.

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