Man arrested after boy, 9, stabbed by stranger in broad daylight on street

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The boy was stabbed on Perevil Road in Peterborough. (Google Maps)
The boy was stabbed on Perevil Road in Peterborough. (Google Maps)

A man has been arrested after a nine-year-old boy was stabbed on a street in Peterborough in broad daylight.

Police in Cambridgeshire were called at 3.24pm on Saturday by the ambulance service to reports of a child who had been assaulted by a stranger on Peveril Road.

The boy had sustained multiple wounds to his face and head.

He was initially rushed to Peterborough City Hospital but has since been transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. 

He remains in a stable condition but with life-changing injuries.

A 24-year-old man was arrested late on Saturday night on suspicion of assault causing grievous bodily harm. 

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Before the arrest, Sergeant Jason Hancock of the Cambridgeshire Constabulary had said: “It is believed the boy was walking along the street with his older brother when a man approached them and attacked the victim.

“The offender is described as an Asian man who was tall, skinny, scruffy in appearance with black short-to-medium length messy hair and was wearing black jogging bottoms and a big coat. He ran off in the direction of Lincoln Road.

“We understand this will be a concerning incident for members of the public, however, we have got officers carrying out enquiries and doing all we can to identify the offender.

“While this appears to be a random attack, we believe this was an isolated incident and have not received any further reports of this nature.”

Anyone with information about the incident should contact us via our webchat service quoting incident 312 of 8 May.

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