Four teenagers have been arrested and released on bail after a 14 year old boy was the victim of criminal injury when he was attacked and stabbed by the ‘gang’ in St Helens last week.
Victim of criminal injury
Police were called to the scene after the teenager called for help from eye witnesses.
Officers sealed off Parr Stocks Road, St Helens, just after 11pm on Friday 31 March. The victim remains in a stable condition in hospital after receiving medical attention for a stab wound injury to his torso.
A 17 year old boy was arrested on 2 April on suspicion of assault, but has since been released on bail.
Three more teenagers, aged 19, 18 and 16, have also been arrested on suspicion of assault. However, police have again confirmed that they have been released on bail pending further enquiries.
Kate Rigby, who lives directly facing the scene of the incident, told the ECHO newspaper:
“I was watching TV upstairs and came down to make a brew. I heard shouting outside and looked out to see four lads.
“One of them was on top of another in the middle of the road. I started shouting that someone was getting battered.
“I went outside and the three boys crossed the road and ran off. There was another lad there then, banging on windows, shouting someone’s been stabbed.”
Miss Rigby added she then went over to the teenager and said the wound looked serious.
“He told me he was only 14 and was really scared.
“I screamed for someone to get police and ambulance here and stayed with him until they came. He kept saying ‘what’s wrong with my belly’.”
Police appeal for witnesses
Anyone who may have information which could help the police is asked to contact detectives on 0151 777 6041, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Criminal injury compensation claims – expert advice
Criminal injury compensation may be available if you have experienced physical trauma or psychological trauma as a result of a violent crime. Speaking to a member of our team about your criminal injury may be the first time that you have spoken to anybody about your experience – this is common among our clients. We guarantee complete confidentiality throughout your criminal injury claim.
We understand that if you have been subjected to an act of violence, your thoughts will turn to making a full recovery – compensation will likely be the last thing on your mind.
There is, however, a government Scheme that provides compensation to those who have been victims of violent crime. The Criminal Injury Compensation Scheme is governed by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).
If you would like expert advice on this type of case, contact Hampson Hughes Solicitors today. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.