The Morpeth Herald [Saturday 19th November 1864] reported
Attempted Murder of a Station Master.
Wood had gone to the station for a parcel of leather and on receiving it asked what was to pay on it. Mr Steele said9d
whereupon Wood repliedI'll give thee 9d
and, taking a knife from his pocket, he stabbed Mr Steele several times in the abdomen, one of the wounds being 6 ins deep.
A porter interfered, otherwise it is thought murder would have been committed. The injured man was transported to Halifax Infirmary.
Steele was at one time a porter at Manchester, and between him and Wood there would appear to be an old grievance.
Steele's recovery is said to be very doubtful
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