Appeal following incident in Southport

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We are appealing for witnesses after a 16-year-old boy was stabbed in Southport on Tuesday 30 May.

It was reported that just before midnight the victim was on Ash Street when he was approached by three males wearing balaclavas when he was stabbed.  His money and mobile telephone were stolen and they then made off.

The victim sustained injuries to his abdomen and leg, and he was taken to hospital for treatment which is not life threatening.

An investigation is underway and CCTV and forensic enquiries are being carried out in the local area.

Detective Inspector Matt Kerr said: “Enquiries are in the very early stages to establish what has taken place.

“I would appeal to anyone who was in the vicinity of Ash Street and seen or heard anything to come forward and speak to us. 

“I would appeal for people who were in the area to check your CCTV and dashcam footage to see if it has captured any footage as it may help with the investigation.”

DI Kerr added: “Reducing knife crime in Merseyside is a priority all year round. Our officers are committed in removing anyone who stores, carries and uses weapons through proactive use of stop and search powers, open land searches, warrants and education work alongside partners.

“The use of knives and any weapons is reckless and will not be tolerated, and can have devastating consequences, not only for the victim and their family but also for the offenders involved. 

“I would urge people to educate themselves and speak to their children and family members about the dangers of knife crime.

“We continue to seek out those involved in knife crime, enticing young and vulnerable people to carry weapons or involved in gangs.”

Anyone with information is asked to DM @MerPolCC or @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111 quoting reference 23000464431.

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