A foster mum was almost stabbed to death by an illegal immigrant teenager placed in her care by city social services.

The asylum seeker attacked Christine Mackay with a kitchen knife as she slept, cutting through her tendons and almost severing her thumb and causing her to lose four pints of blood.

Now, as the youth begins a 14-year jail sentence for attempted murder, Mrs Mackay has criticised government fostering policies for putting her at risk.

She said the law should have enable more vigorous checks to be carried out on youngsters needing foster care.

The youth was housed with her three days after he arrived in the UK with no identification.

He had been picked up in Milton Keynes by police and claimed to be a 15-year-old Palestinian called Aziz Achaheb-Cedar.

Mrs Mackay, 58, provided him with Sky TV in his room, a bicycle and a phone. But he responded by trying to steal her car and attempting to hang himself.

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