Knife-wielding woman seen in village

PUBLISHED: 13:30 16 June 2011

The woman was seen walking at around 3.30pm last Thursday

The woman was seen walking at around 3.30pm last Thursday

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POLICE are hunting for clues after a knife-wielding woman was seen wandering yards from a village primary school in Sandford on Thursday.

Officers were called to Greenhill Road and Station Road after residents reported that the bare-footed woman had been seen walking in the centre of the village at around 3.30pm.

Although several police cars attended, with officers keeping pupils from Sandford Primary School within the school building until they had checked the area, no trace could be found of the woman.

The woman is said to have long blonde hair, and was wearing a red and white striped top and jeans.

One witness, who asked not to be named, said she had seen the woman near to the school when she picked her daughter up.

She said: “I had just picked up my daughter when I saw the woman walking down the road, although she was a fair distance up the road from us.

“She had her back turned to me but I could see she was holding something, and it definitely looked like a knife.

“She was walking very slowly, but we just went the other way, very quickly.”

A spokesman for the police said: “I can confirm we were called to Station Road in Sandford at around 3.30pm on Thursday afternoon, when we were called by residents who had reported the sighting of a woman walking on the road with a knife.

“On arrival, our officers conducted a thorough search of the area to see if they could find the woman, but they were unable to do so.

“We are appealing for anyone who did see anything to get in contact with us.”

Greenhill Road resident Jill Warren said: “There were police cars up the road and on Station Road too, we thought there might have been a burglary or something, but we didn’t expect there to be anything going on like this.”

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