Witchalls provides new evidence but fails to identify her attacker

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Detectives say they have "valuable" new evidence in the hunt for the attacker of Abigail Witchalls, who was stabbed while walking with her son inLittle Bookham, Surrey, on 20 April.

Detectives say they have "valuable" new evidence in the hunt for the attacker of Abigail Witchalls, who was stabbed while walking with her son inLittle Bookham, Surrey, on 20 April.

Police said Mrs Witchalls had provided them with significant new lines of enquiry despite having failed to identify her attacker from pictures of nine men, including suspect Richard Cazaly.

Mrs Witchalls was shown pictures of Cazaly and eight other men yesterday, in a photographic identity parade at her bedside at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in north-west London, where she is being treated.

Detective Superintendent Adrian Harper, who is leading the investigation, said another witness who was in the area shortly before the attack would go through a similar identification process.

He added that Mr Cazaly remained a suspect and that a file of the evidence relating to him would be forwarded to the CPS "for their advice".

He added: "We have had the opportunity to further interview Abigail. She has provided further valuable evidence about the circumstances of her attack.

"It is inappropriate to disclose the evidence we have at this time."