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Bradford teacher stabbing suspect, 14, remains in custody

Vincent Uzomah Image copyright PA
Image caption Vincent Uzomah is married with two children

Police are continuing to question a 14-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a teacher was stabbed at a Bradford school.

Supply teacher Vincent Uzomah, 50 was attacked at Dixons Kings Academy during a science lesson on Thursday.

He was stabbed once in the stomach with a knife but is stable and recovering from his injuries in hospital, police said.

The teenager was arrested in the city centre following an extensive manhunt.

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Media captionVideo shows teenager being arrested over teacher stabbing

Det Supt Simon Atkinson, from West Yorkshire Police, said the teacher was attacked in front of other students.

'Caring man'

"There were a number of pupils who witnessed this incident, which took place in a classroom, and they are currently liaising with specially trained officers who are obviously supporting them at this difficult time," he said.

"This is believed to be an isolated incident and the police are continuing inquiries to establish the facts."

It is thought Mr Uzomah, who is married with two children, had only been working at the school for four weeks.

Friends and neighbours paid tribute him, with one family friend saying members of the Nigerian community in West Yorkshire had been left "really distraught" by the attack.

"Really just shocked that something like that would happen to somebody who is such a strong pillar in the community," he said.

Mr Uzomah's neighbour June Hayes, said: "He is a very gentle and loving and caring man.

"I'm just so sorry this has happened to him."

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Image caption West Yorkshire Police launched a manhunt following the stabbing at the school

The school, formerly called the King's Science Academy, opened in 2011 and was one of the first free schools to open.

It has about 700 pupils and has since become part of the Dixons academy group.

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