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Knife found following park attack
Jessica Knight
Jessica Knight underwent five hours of surgery
Police investigating a stab attack on a 14-year-old girl in Lancashire have found a weapon.

Jessica Knight was stabbed up to 30 times as she walked through Astley Park, Chorley, on Monday evening.

Police confirmed they had found a 3in (7.6cm) bladed lock-knife with a steel handle, during a search of the area.

A 21-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder. Police stressed they were still keen to hear from anyone with information about the attack.

French national Kristofer Beddar, 21, of Daisy Hill Drive, Adlington, Chorley, appeared in court earlier charged with Jessica's attempted murder.

He appeared at Chorley Magistrates' Court and was remanded in custody until 4 February, when he is to appear at Preston Crown Court for a preliminary hearing.

It is understood Mr Beddar moved to the UK in May 2007 from the south-east Paris suburb of Melun and was working as a baker in the Chorley area.

Jessica was found covered in blood by a passing cyclist, who was alerted by her screams.

She underwent five hours of surgery and remains critically ill at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital in Pendlebury.



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