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Appeal after 14-year-old stabbed in Newsham Park

News   •   Aug 02, 2019 23:45 BST

We are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a 14-year-old boy was stabbed in Newsham Park this evening (Friday 2 August 2019).

A report was received at 9pm that the boy had been stabbed by another male close to the skate park.

He sustained two puncture wounds to the torso, one to the arm and a cut to the face during the incident. He has been taken to hospital where his current condition is described as serious but not life-threatening.

A group of males were seen making off from the scene on foot.

A cordon has been set up in the park and CCTV, forensic and witness enquiries are ongoing.

Detective Inspector Sean Kelly-Martland said: "The local community will be shocked to learn that such a young person has been the victim of this brutal attack. 

"Newsham Park should be a place that people of all ages can enjoy on a warm summer evening, safe in the knowledge that they will not witness or fall victim to an incident of this nature.

"We are speaking to a number of witnesses and know that there were other young people in the skate park, as well as other people in the park, at the time this incident happened. We appeal to those people to contact us if they saw anything which in hindsight seems suspicious and may be linked to this incident.

Det Insp Kelly-Martland added: "I want to make it absolutely clear that Merseyside Police will not tolerate the use of knives as weapons. 

"Incidents such as - and the hurt they can cause not just to the victim, but their family and the wider community - only strengthen our resolve to keep educating young people on the dangers of knives, and rid our streets and open spaces of knife crime to prevent such attacks from happening again.

"With the public's help, we can make Merseyside a safer place and I appeal to anyone who has any information in relation to this incident to contact police so we can find those responsible and bring them to justice."
Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact @MerPolCC on Twitter, Merseyside police Contact Centre on Facebook or call 101 quoting reference 19100425958 or call @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111.