Man arrested following stabbing of 12-year-old boy at north west birthday party

A man has been arrested following the stabbing of a 12-year-old boy during a child’s birthday party.

Thursday, 8th April 2021, 5:39 pm

Merseyside Police said the 20-year-old, from Bootle, was detained “on suspicion of Section 18 wounding” on Thursday morning and taken to a police station for questioning.

The force said the incident, which is understood to have taken place at a child’s birthday party, was “not a random attack” and its investigation continues.

On Wednesday, officers were called to an address in Southport Road, Bootle, at around 2.25pm following reports a 12-year-old boy had been assaulted.

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Police said the injured boy remains in hospital and is “likely to make a quick recovery”.

Detective Chief Inspector Gayle Rooney said: “Although it is pleasing to have made a quick arrest, our investigation continues and we’re gathering all information to piece together the circumstances.

“If you saw anything or hold any CCTV, dashcam, or other material, get them to us as soon as possible.

“We understand the concern that such an incident has in the community. This was not a random attack and we believe that all involved were from the local area.

“Nonetheless, for a young person to be assaulted is despicable, so it’s vitally important that anyone with details to assist comes forward, either directly or anonymously through Crimestoppers, and we will take action.”

Anyone with information can contact police by tweeting at @MerPolCC, calling 101 and quoting reference 21000220899 or phoning Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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