Man who stabbed 10-year-old boy in front of his mother fled while ‘laughing’

Mason Boycott-Owen
Police have urged anyone who was present in the area or has information about the attacker to come forward.   - PA

A 10-year-old boy was stabbed in front of his mother before the attacker fled the scene while ‘laughing.’

The victim, who reportedly sustained injuries to his neck is being treated at a hospital in Nottingham, is said to be in a stable condition.

He was taken for treatment after a member of the public called emergency services following the attack in Leicester on Saturday afternoon.

His mother, who was present at the incident, sustained no injuries.

Police are looking for information about the man who attacked the young boy around 5:20pm on Belper Street.

His mother was reported to have said yesterday [Sunday]: “I was pressing my hand on the hole of his neck to stop all the blood, he was losing so much and I thought he was going to die.

“It was awful and the images now keep coming in front of my eyes. I was terrified.

“I thought I would lose him and all my clothes and his were wet with his blood.

“The attacker was a stranger, my son didn’t know him, and he had half his face and head covered with a hoodie. After stabbing my son he started laughing.”

Police have urged anyone who was present in the area or has information about the attacker to come forward.

Detective Inspector Tim Lindley from Leicestershire Police said: “Our investigation to find out who was responsible for injuring this child remains ongoing and we continue to appeal to the public to come forward with any information.

“It happened in a residential area at a time of day when there would have been people about, either on foot or driving through.

“The suspect has been described as a light-skinned Asian man, in his mid-20s, around 5ft 10ins tall, chubby build, and wearing a brown coloured jacket.

“Do you know who this man is or do you recall seeing someone matching this description in the area of Belper Street or Catherine Street between the times of 4.30pm and 6.30pm?

“Was a friend or family member out during this time and returned home in an agitated state or behaving out of character?

“We also ask anyone with any dashcam footage or CCTV of the area to get in touch.”