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Boy, 13, Stabbed During Boxing Day Sales At Busy Shopping Centre In Stoke-On-Trent

The UK's problems with knife crime continue as a 13-year-old boy is stabbed at the Potteries Centre in Hanley during Boxing Day sales. Another boy, 14, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

The attack took place just after 3pm on Boxing Day
The attack took place just after 3pm on Boxing Day

Paramedics raced to the scene just after 3pm on Monday following reports that a child had been wounded in a knife attack.

The victim received emergency medical treatment at the scene in front of horrified shoppers before being transferred to hospital.

Police cordoned off a section of the shopping centre after the incident.

Staffordshire Police said they arrested a local 14-year-old boy on suspicion of attempted murder and other offences. The suspect has been bailed.

Police issued a statement saying: "We were called to premises on Bryan Street, in Hanley, just after 3.05pm on Monday following reports of violence.

"We attended along with our colleagues from West Midlands Ambulance Service.

"A boy, aged 13, was treated at the scene for leg and neck injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment.

"His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening or life-changing. He remains in a stable condition in hospital.

"A 14-year-old boy, from Stoke-on-Trent, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, robbery, and grievous bodily harm with intent.

"He has been granted conditional police bail while inquiries continue."

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