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Librarian recovering after being stabbed

PUBLISHED: 14:19 20 March 2008 | UPDATED: 14:53 07 September 2010

A LIBRARIAN attacked last week as she worked in Swiss Cottage library is making a steady recovery at home. The woman librarian suffered knife wounds last Wednesday afternoon as she worked in the sciences section

A LIBRARIAN attacked last week as she worked in Swiss Cottage library is making a steady recovery at home.

The woman librarian suffered knife wounds last Wednesday afternoon as she worked in the sciences section. Police have arrested a man and charged him with grievous bodily harm with intent.

The woman was rushed to hospital as the library was evacuated just after 2pm, leaving parents, children and colleagues in shock.

One library worker said: "She's a lovely lady. It was terrible, what happened. But she is going to be OK. She has been discharged from hospital and is recovering at home."

Fiona Dean, Camden's assistant director of culture, said: "Although understandably shaken, I am pleased to report that Ingrid [no surname was given] is OK. Naturally we will offer all the support we can and look forward to her returning to work.

"Swiss Cottage library opened as normal the next day and following the police incident report, we are looking at whether there are any improvements we can make to security.

"However, I would like to reassure visitors this was a very unusual incident and libraries are seen by all as safe places to be."

Lawrence Murphy, 44, of Fellows Road, has been charged and appeared before Highbury Corner magistrates on Saturday.

He is due to stand trial later in the year at Blackfriars Crown Court.


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