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Police hunt suspects who stabbed 16-year-old boy in ‘cowardly’ attack in Primrose Hill

Detective: "This was a motiveless and cowardly attack on a teenage boy"

15 November, 2017 — By William McLennan

A 16-year-old boy has been hospitalised with serious injuries after being stabbed in a “motiveless and cowardly attack” in Primrose Hill last night (Tuesday).

Police are hunting four attackers who knifed the boy repeatedly in the leg after a row in the park.

Officers were called to the scene at around 9:30pm last night.

The victim is a year-12 student at the Jewish Community Secondary School in New Barnet, the school confirmed to the New Journal. His classmates were told of the news in an “emergency assembly” this morning, the school said.

It is believed the attackers had approached a group of girls that the victim was with, before setting upon the 16-year-old.

An off duty nurse and trainee doctor tended to the boy, applying pressure to the wound, which was described as “bleeding profusely”, before emergency services arrived.

A police statement said: “The injured boy was taken to a central London hospital by London Ambulance Service. His condition at this time is serious, but stable. His family has been informed and they are with him at the hospital.

“At this early stage officers believe that the victim was in the park with female friends when the four suspects approached. Following a brief altercation, they physically attacked the victim and stabbed him.

“The suspects, who are four white males, were not known to the victim or his friends.”

Detective Sergeant Steve Masterson said: “The victim in this case sustained a significant injury that continues to be classified as ‘serious’ and will require surgery.

“It is vital that we trace and apprehend those responsible for this motiveless and cowardly attack and I appeal to anyone who was in the park at around 9.30pm who saw a group of males to contact police.

“Your information, no matter how unimportant it may seem, could provide a piece of the puzzle that leads us to the suspects.”

Conservative councillor Jonny Bucknell, who lives in Primrose Hill, stumbled across the aftermath of the attack last night.

He said: “I’m first-aid trained so I went rushing over to see if I could help, but a trainee doctor and a nurse were already tending to him. It looked like he had been bleeding profusely. They were pressing on his wound to stop the bleeding. They were obviously up to speed and knew what they were doing.”

He said the victim was “wide awake, but very badly shaken”.

“There was a girl there within him who was very distressed,” he said.

A school spokeswoman said: “A year 12 Jcoss student has been the target of a serious incident on Primrose Hill on Tuesday evening and is recovering in hospital. Students in his year group had an emergency assembly this morning to inform them and were offered further support should they need it. Our thoughts are with the student and his family and we wish him a speedy recovery.”

 

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