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Karl Henry speaks of shock as paramedics stabbed on estate where he grew up

By Jordan Reynolds | Wolverhampton | Crime | Published:

Former Wolves captain Karl Henry has spoken of his shock after hearing two paramedics were stabbed on the estate where he grew up.

Michael Hipgrave and Deena Evans featured in a Christmas special of Inside the Ambulance last year on UKTV. Image: Inside the Ambulance/UKTV

Paramedics Michael Hipgrave and Deena Evans were attacked as they carried out a welfare check on a man inside a maisonette in Stephens Close, Ashmore Park, Wolverhampton on Monday.

The colleagues had been accompanied by police officers on the call and it was thought the man was having a "mental health crisis".

Both were taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Birmingham, for further treatment.

Mr Hipgrave was released on Monday night and is continuing his recovery at home.

Deena Evans. Image: Facebook

Ms Evans remains at the same hospital where she is receiving treatment in a stable condition, said West Midlands Ambulance Service.

A 52-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of wounding at the scene and remained in custody yesterday for questioning.

Back in 2017 Mr Hipgrave hit the headlines for saving the life of a toddler, Sofia Hall, who was choking on a marshmallow while enjoying a day out with her family.

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The off-duty paramedic came to Sofia's rescue, as he happened to be at Telford Shopping Centre at the same time.

Sofia was with her mother, Yasmin Bickerton, in the Costa near House of Fraser, when Mr Hipgrave performed mouth-to-mouth and CPR, managing to free the sweet and get Sofia breathing again.

Former Wolves captain Karl Henry tweeted saying he was praying the paramedics make a "full and speedy recovery".

Karl Henry

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He also said he was "gutted to see something like this" happen on the estate where he grew up.

Karl added: "I grew up there, I went to primary school, high school, it was a nice area.

"It's one of the nicest council estates in Wolverhampton, it was certainly not a place associated with violence.

"Like a lot of these things, you see it happening and it's further afield and it's never nice to see, but when it's something that's not so close to home it never resonates as much.

"It's not a reflection of the area, these things happen anywhere.

"It was an area I loved growing up in.

"I take my kids back to show them where I grew up.

"I love the area, to hear something like that happened was a real shock.

"I'm really glad from what I've heard that they're both ok."

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.

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