Two teenage boys were stabbed in vicious city attacks that could possibly be linked.
Emergency services were called to Upper Parliament Street in (Toxteth) (at 8.) PM on Friday to reports that a – year-old had suffered multiple stab wounds to his buttocks.
The teen was rushed to hospital as police and forensic officers erected a cordon on the footpath of the main road, close to its junction with Lodge Lane.
A short time later, officers were made aware of another – year-old boy had arrived at a local hospital with a stab wound to his back after reportedly being attacked in the Lodge Lane area.
Both teenagers are believed to be in a serious but stable condition in hospital as police appeal for more information.
A spokesperson for Merseyside Police has confirmed that an investigation has been launched into the incidents and that detectives are keeping an open mind over possible links between the two boys and their Injuries.
Detective Inspector Simon Hurst said: “Our inquiries are in the very early stages and we are working to establish the full circumstances of these assaults, possible motives, Whether they are in any way linked and, crucially, who is responsible.
“We are keen to hear from anyone who was near the Upper Parliament Street end of Lodge Lane between 8. 90 – 9pm on Friday who may have seen or heard anything suspicious.
“If you have dashcam and were driving in the area at the time, please consider whether you may have captured anything significant, take a look and let us know.”
Det Insp Hurst added: “No-one, let alone two – year-old males, should fall victim to knife crime and your information or evidence could prove vital as we try to locate anyone involved so that we can bring them to justice.
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“We regularly visit schools and colleges to educate young people on the danger carrying knives can pose to themselves and others, and with Operation Target, we have devoted significant resources and targeted operations across Merseyside aimed at ridding our streets of knife crime.
“It is simply not worth the risk of carrying a knife, because we are out on patrols, conducting stop searches, executing warrants and arresting suspects, or searching land and homes where we believe knives have been stored every single day.
“We will never stand by and allow people to carry knives and threaten the safety of themselves and others.”
Anyone with information or dashcam or CCTV footage is asked to contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook ’Merseyside Police Contact Center’. You can also call quoting incident reference 20000173998, or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 2019 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.