A teenager who was repeatedly stabbed while on holiday with his family in Turkey is said to be “recovering well”.
Dwayne Ward, 17, from Middlesbrough, was left fighting for his life in intensive care after reportedly being stabbed more than a dozen times in the tourist resort of Marmaris.
Reports said local residents spotted the bloodied teenager lying in a garden at 7.30am on Tuesday before he was rushed to hospital.
Carolyn Ward, the aunt of Dwayne, said from Middlesbrough: “We have been told he is recovering well, thankfully.”
Yesterday school friends and staff from Dwayne’s school, Macmillan Academy, in Middlesbrough, said they were deeply saddened by the attack.
A school spokesman said: “Staff and students were deeply saddened by the news that a former student was left fighting for his life after a knife attack while on holiday in Turkey.
“The thoughts and prayers of staff and students go out to Dwayne in the express hope that he can make a complete recovery.
“There is a real sense of communal support for his accompanying family, who are having to come to terms with these traumatic circumstances.”
It is believed two men have been arrested in connection with the attack and are being interviewed by police. The Foreign Office it was aware that a British teenager had been taken to hospital and it was providing consular assistance.