A man has been charged with attempted murder after a woman was stabbed in the chest in the kitchen of a Newcastle cafe.
Emergency services were called to a Onyx Espresso Bar in Mayfield about 2:35pm on Wednesday after reports the 27-year-old had been attacked by a colleague.
Detective Superintendent Wayne Humphrey told reporters the woman had been hit with a blunt object, before she was stabbed.
The woman was taken under police escort - with the knife still embedded in her chest - to John Hunter Hospital in a serious condition. She is currently undergoing surgery.
A 23-year-old man who worked with the woman was arrested nearby a short time later.
He has been charged with attempted murder and wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
He was refused bail to appear in Newcastle Local Court on Thursday.
Australian Associated Press