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Man charged with attempted murder of Chloe West

Ridgewood High School
Image caption Witnesses said a man leapt out of a car, pushed Chloe over and stabbed her

A man has been charged with the attempted murder of a 14-year-old girl who was stabbed outside her school.

Chloe West suffered serious wounds to her upper body and face near the gates of Ridgewood High School in Wollaston in the West Midlands on Friday.

She was released from Birmingham Children's Hospital on Saturday.

Samuel Tomlinson, 18, from Sedgley, West Midlands, is due to appear before Dudley magistrates on Monday. He is also accused of wounding another pupil.

'Horrific attack'

Witnesses said a man drove up to Chloe at about 0840 BST and leapt out of the car before pushing her to the floor and stabbing her.

Chloe's parents Nigel and Rosemary said bystanders who came to their daughter's aid had stopped her from suffering worse injuries in the "horrific attack".

They said: "We would like to thank all students, parents and teachers who helped Chloe at the scene.

"Without their help, Chloe would have received even more injuries.

"We'd also like to thank the emergency services who responded so quickly and gave Chloe the very best of care, both at the scene and at the hospital."

Mr and Mrs West said the surgeons had done a "remarkable job" of closing their daughter's wounds and were confident of a good recovery.

They added: "However, whilst the physical scars may fade, the memories of the day's events will remain forever."

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