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Mother and daughter stabbed in Reigate beauty salon

By Surrey Mirror  |  Posted: January 12, 2012

A MOTHER and her daughter were both stabbed in an attack at a beauty salon in broad daylight.

A man has been charged with grievous bodily harm and common assault following the incident on Saturday morning.

The mother, who works at the salon, suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries to her neck and was taken by ambulance to East Surrey Hospital.

Her daughter suffered minor lacerations.

Police raced to the salon at 10.15am in at least six cars and two vans with a team of forensic investigators.

Officers carried out an extensive search of the area but were unable to find the suspected attacker.

A man later went to Reigate Police Station voluntarily to assist detectives with their inquiries.

A resident who wished to remain anonymous said on the afternoon of the attack: "I saw some movement from the window and then someone screamed, it was a woman.

"I rang the police.

"I'm not sure I was the first person to have informed them. I think a few neighbours also called as some of them were standing outside.

"There was a lot of shouting and screaming. I have lived here 15 years and this sort of thing is completely irregular."

Officers went door to door, seeking information and reassuring residents in the area.

Cornelia Decker, 43, who moved to Cockshot Road a month ago, said: "I came out when I heard the police had come, so I'm not sure exactly what happened. Lots of my neighbours came out, too. I only moved here a month ago, and this is not what I would expect here, and certainly not in a nail salon."

Lorayne Brewer, 51, bakery assistant from Oven Fresh Bakery in Lesbourne Road, added: "I live in Blackborough Road, just round the corner and I had not heard anything about this, which surprises me.

"I was in on Saturday morning as well. Other than the odd noisy party, it is quite a quiet area around here, and you certainly wouldn't expect something like this."

Reigate and Banstead Neighbourhood Inspector Richard Haycock told the Mirror: "When dealing with a report of a stabbing, you don't know what you are going to find and there is the potential that a serious intervention will be required.

"There would have been a heavy police presence. Every effort was made to capture all the evidence available in the 'golden' period."

In October last year, police were called after a pool of blood was found outside the salon and the victim, who never contacted police, was seen running in the direction of Smoke Lane.

Insp Haycock said residents should not be concerned about violence. He added: "A recent study into violence in the borough over the last three years showed that of 77 cases of grievous bodily harm, 19 were cases of domestic abuse and of the other 58, 40 were between people who knew each other.

"Random violence is very rare and not something people should be concerned about."

Julian Hickman, 40, of The Dell, Tadworth, appeared before Redhill Magistrates' Court on Monday. He was remanded in custody and will appear before Guildford Crown Court on January 26.

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