Footballer stabbed in the eye

Stanningley Road, Mixenden
Stanningley Road, Mixenden

A father-of-one was stabbed through the eye with a sword on a Halifax estate.

Stuart Sinclair, 37, is being treated for serious injuries following the attack at Stanningley Road, Mixenden.

Mr Sinclair, who lives in Mixenden, was taken to Leeds General Infirmary. His condition last night was described as “stable”.

Members of the close-knit community on the estate spoke of their shock over the incident.

Mr Sinclair plays football for Mixenden United and the team’s manager Andy Greenwood said he was a much loved and well respected member of the club.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.

“We’re all praying he makes a full recovery.”

Dave Lake, secretary of Mixenden United - which plays in Division One of the Halifax FA Saturday League - said: “I’ve known Stuart for years - he’s been playing football for Mixenden since his early 20s.

“It’s shocking.”

One of Mr Sinclair’s neighbours, who did not want to be named, said: “Stuart is a lovely man - we’re all in total shock about something so horrific that’s happened on our streets.”

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident on Saturday at 9pm.

Anyone with information should call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Earlier this week a man appeared at Calderdale Magistrates’ Court accused over the alleged attack.

Mark Thomas Patrick Ryan, 45, of Brow Bottom Lane, Mixenden, Halifax, was charged with Section 18 wounding with intent and possession of an offensive weapon.

The case was adjourned and sent for trial at Bradford Crown Court on March 9.