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02nd Jul 2018

Teenagers arrested after 14-year-old boy stabbed with ’10-inch kitchen knife’

An 11-year-old had previously been arrested but was released without charge

Oli Dugmore

An 11-year-old had previously been arrested but was released without charge

Two teenage boys, aged 14 and 15, have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after another 14-year-old was repeatedly stabbed in Islington.

Police were called to Fairbridge Road in London at 6.50pm on Sunday July 1 where they found the boy with “a number of stab wounds.”

He remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Local resident Amina Taylor told the Evening Standard that a fight broke out on the street and one of the people involved was holding a kitchen knife.

She said: “We could all see the knife in his hand. It was that big.

“You could hear the screams of ‘No, stop it, don’t do anything, don’t be stupid’ and he went for [one of the adults] first but then he was kind of swinging wildly and then he just thrust the knife into the stomach of the teenager.

She was shocked to see “somebody who is clearly barely taller than my nine-year-old son coming down with a weapon in his hand.”

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “Incidents like this have a devastating impact on families and our communities and we need to send the message that they will not be tolerated.

“Politicians, the police and all Londoners must unite in saying it is never acceptable to carry a knife – and it does not make you safer.”

The Met Police said they were “retaining an open mind as to motive.”

An 11-year-old boy initially arrested on suspicion of attempted murder was later de-arrested and released from custody, with no further action being taken.

Anyone who witnessed this incident but has not yet spoken with police is asked to call Central North Command Unit quoting reference CAD7206/1JUL or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111