A teenager faces an agonising wait for medical test results after he was stabbed with a syringe in an unprovoked attack.
The 16-year-old boy was walking to a friend’s house in Grizedale Crescent, Ribbleton, Preston, when a man jumped out of a bush in nearby Miller Road.
The man stabbed him in the stomach with a hypodermic needle before fleeing the scene.
The teenager, who doesn’t want to be named, suffered only minor injuries, but will now have to undergo months of medical testing to ensure there is not any long-lasting damage to his health.
His mum said that while his friends were collecting their GCSE results the following morning, her son was being treated at Royal Preston Hospital, where he had to undergo a series of tests for conditions including HIV, Hepatitis A and B.
She is now urging anyone who may have seen the incident to contact police.
She said: “When all his friends were at school picking up their results, he was in hospital being tested for HIV.
“It is absolutely terrifying. He was just walking to a friends house, like he has done a thousand times before, and this guy appeared out of nowhere.
“He moved out of the way, but when he did the guy followed him. Then he lunged out and stabbed him.
“It all happened so quickly, he didn’t really know what had happened straight away.
“When he got to his friend’s house he saw he had a puncture wound in his stomach and a hole in his T-shirt.”
The ordeal happened at around 10.30pm on Wednesday, August 21 - just hours before the Ribbleton Hall High School pupil was set to collect his GCSE results.
He is due to start sixth form in two weeks’ time.
The mum-of-three said: “It is so scary. I keep telling him, ‘no matter what happens, we will get through it together’.
“He’s very shaken up and has been very quiet since it happened.”
Detectives from Preston CID have launched an investigation and said they were awaiting the results of the medical tests.
A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “An investigation is currently ongoing. We would like to speak to any witnesses who may have heard or seen anything in the area and would ask anybody with any information to come forward.”
If you have any information call police on 101 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.