‘American spy’ stabbed in ‘terror attack’ near GCHQ headquarters as man arrested

A man has been arrested on suspicion of terror offences as well as attempted murder after a woman believed to be an American spy was stabbed.

The incident took place in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, outside a leisure centre at around 9.15am on March 9 – and the victim remains in a stable condition in hospital, reports The Mirror.

The 29-year-old man, who remains in custody, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder immediately after the incident.

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He was further arrested on Friday under the Terrorism Act, and on Saturday a warrant of further detention was obtained, allowing officers until Thursday, March 16 to question him.

The Daily Mail reports the unnamed victim is a US spy on secondment to Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), with the incident taking place just three miles from its headquarters.

She is said to have been sitting in a car in the leisure centre car park at the time and managed to stagger out of the vehicle for help.

Sources told the Mail the attack was being taken seriously by the government department.

A neighbour told the Mail: "They were either parked or had pulled into the car park when she was stabbed and then she managed to get out of the car and get to the leisure centre.

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"There were two ambulances and then the police arrested the bloke in the car."

Assistant Chief Constable Richard Ocone of Gloucestershire Constabulary said: "I would like to reassure those living locally or visiting the county that we believe this was an isolated incident and we are not aware of any wider threat to members of the public.

"We are working closely with our partners in Counter Terrorism Policing.

"We appreciate that an incident of this nature may be concerning and we would encourage people to contact us via 101 with any additional information they may have about the incident."

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