Would-be robbers stab 14-year-old boy in the leg in Dragoon Way, Christchurch
A TEENAGE boy was stabbed in the leg in an attempted robbery by a gang in a Christchurch street on Sunday night.
Detectives have launched an investigation into the attack, which shocked members of the local community, and have urged witnesses and those with CCTV or dash cam footage to come forward.
The alarm was raised around 10.15pm, with reports the 14-year-old was targeted as he walked with two friends in the Dragoon Way area.
A gang of around 12 people approached and demanded he hand over his mobile phone.
As the trio ran away, the victim suffered a stab wound to his leg, reportedly inflicted by a kitchen knife.
He was taken to hospital for treatment, but a Dorset Police spokesperson said his injuries were “not life-changing or life-threatening”.
Officers conducted a fruitless search of the area.
House-to-house enquiries have been carried out and CCTV analysed.
DC Jonathan Sibert, of Bournemouth CID, said: “I would like to reassure the community that a full investigation is under way into this incident.
“I would urge anyone who witnessed this incident, or saw anything suspicious, to please contact Dorset Police.
“I am also keen to hear from anyone who may have captured something of relevance on their home CCTV cameras or dash cam.
“Officers from the local neighbourhood policing team are aware of this incident and will be continuing with their regular patrols and can be approached with any specific concerns.”
The victim’s mother took to Facebook to warn fellow parents of youngsters in the town.
“Tonight our 14-year-old son was stabbed in the calf when attacked with two friends,” she wrote.
“They were set upon by a group of 10-12 'youths' aged about 17-plus. Boys who were after their phones.
“My son and his friends ran away. Unfortunately, one of the attackers on a bike caught our son and stuck a kitchen knife in his leg.
“Luckily for us, the wound is shallow, however, it could have been fatal given a couple of [centimetres] – plus the emotional impact.”
Residents shared their shock at the attack in comments to a local police Facebook post about patrols in the area.
One wrote: “I would never have associated my town with knife crime, very worrying for the local community.”
Another said: “It is rife everywhere, same as hard drugs. The world is changing rapidly and I can’t say I like it much.”
Those with information should contact police online at dorset.police.uk/contact or by emailing email@example.com or calling 101, quoting reference 55220119805.
Crimestoppers can also be called anonymously on 0800 555 111.