Priest stabbed in hospital chapel

BLANTON SMITH
Last updated 10:18 26/06/2014

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A priest at Taranaki Base Hospital has been rushed to the emergency department after being stabbed this morning.

It is believed the chaplain suffered a knife wound to his arm in the hospital's chapel about 8.45am, police central communications Inspector Mike Colman said.

New Plymouth Sergeant Bruce Irvine said a large number of police were on the scene investigating the incident and hunting for the offender.

The alleged attacker is described as a male caucasian in his 20s, standing 5'10 tall, wearing a black hoodie, black pants with white stripes and black fingerless gloves.

He has short hair and a tattoo near his left eye, Irvine said.

A hospital spokeswoman said the chaplain was being looked after and is in a comfortable condition.

''He thanks everyone for the good wishes he has received and asks that the media respect his privacy as he recovers.''

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