The caretaker of St. Andrew's Methodist Church, the splendidly named Clayton Aspinall was watching out for latecomers to an evening meeting when a young man ran out of adjacent Arundel Street. Aspinall stepped back out the man's way but the man struck him on the head. Raising his arms to protect himself, he was nonetheless cut on both his fingers and head. His attacker - who he would describe as having well-brushed ginger hair - vanished through the gates of a nearby art school.
After this attack, so near in time and space to that suffered by Mary Sutcliffe just 3 days earlier gave rise to the belief of a mysterious assailant who quickly gained a name: 'The Halifax Slasher' was born.