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Bootle stabbing: Boy, 12, chased on bouncy castle and stabbed at party


A hunt for two men has been launched by police after the shocking attack at the children’s birthday party in Bootle, Merseyside (Picture: Liverpool Echo)

A 12-year-old boy was stabbed on a bouncy castle in front of terrified children at his sister’s eighth birthday party.

Police have launched a hunt to find the two men who ambushed the gathering in Bootle, Merseyside, storming up the front path and into the back garden.

The boy’s family said they chased him onto the inflatable and rained down punches and kicks as he cowered on the floor, before stabbing him three times in his leg.

Witnesses said the two attackers, believed to be between 18 to 21, calmly walked away down Southport Road after the shocking attack yesterday afternoon.

The boy was rushed to hospital and will need surgery, his family said, and is expected to remain on a ward for a few nights.

His grandmother told the Liverpool Echo: ‘It was terrible. They came straight in the back garden and went for him, punching and kicking him, and then stabbed him three times.

‘There was a lot of blood so we just tried to keep pressure on the wound until the ambulance came.

‘There was around 14 children in the garden and we got them inside as quick as we could.’

The boy was chased onto the bouncy castle in front of terrified children and stabbed in the leg, his family said (Picture: Liverpool Echo)

The family said the boy and his friend had gone to the corner shop and were returning to the party when an argument broke out with an older man.

Moments later, two men came to the party, immediately heading for the back garden where the shocking violence erupted.

Today, birthday messages could be seen on a fence outside the house, hours after a large police presence had left the scene.

The family said the boy’s friend who witnessed the attack could ‘hardly speak’ afterwards.

A relative said: ‘He was white as a sheet afterwards when police were talking to him, and could hardly speak.’

Birthday messages could be seen on a fence in Southport Road, Bootle, after the attack (Picture: Liverpool Echo)

He added: ‘This all happened in front of the boy’s mum, we can’t believe this has happened, at a girl’s eighth birthday party.’

Police said no arrests have been made and the boy’s condition is not believed to be life-threatening.

A force spokesperson said: ‘We can confirm an investigation is underway following reports of a stabbing in Bootle this afternoon, Wednesday, April 7.

‘At around 2.25pm, officers were called to an address in Southport Road following reports a 12-year-old boy had been assaulted.

‘Emergency services attended and the victim has been taken to hospital for treatment to a stab wound to his leg, which is not believed to be life-threatening at this stage.

‘It is believed the offender made off from the scene and enquiries are ongoing to locate him.

‘A scene is in place and officers remain in the area to speak to witnesses and carry out forensic and CCTV enquiries.’

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