Man in his 20s arrested after boy, 9, repeatedly stabbed in face and head in random attack

Man in his twenties is arrested after boy, 9, was repeatedly stabbed in the face and head in random attack that left him with ‘life-changing’ injuries

  • The boy was walking with his brother in broad daylight on a Peterborough street
  • He was attacked by a ‘random’ man with a knife who fled after the stabbing
  • The boy is in a stable condition, but received life-changing injuries in the attack

A 24-year-old man has been arrested following the stabbing of a nine-year-old boy by an apparent stranger, which has left him with life-changing injuries.

The man, also from Peterborough, was arrested on Saturday night on suspicion of assault causing grievous bodily harm. 

Police were called at 3.24pm yesterday by ambulance crews reporting that a child had been assaulted in Peveril Road and had suffered multiple wounds to his face and head.

A man has been arrested in connection with the stabbing of a nine-year-old boy in an apparent random street attack by a stranger in Peveril Road, Peterborough (file pic)

The boy was initially taken to Peterborough City Hospital, before being transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge where he remains in a stable condition. 

Police confirmed he has suffered life-changing injuries. 

Shocked neighbour Sadia Zeb, 42, a mother-of-two who helped the young boy and his brother in the aftermath of the attack, told The Sun: ‘He had been cut from near the nose across the lip and on the head by a point or blade.

‘I sat him on my low wall at the front of the house and put a blanket round him and kept telling him that help was on the way and that he was going to be OK.’

She added: ‘He told me that they had just been walking along the street when a scruffy man came up and started stabbing his brother in the face with a knife or screwdriver.’

Speaking yesterday, Sergeant Jason Hancock said: ‘It is believed the boy was walking along the street with his older brother when a man approached them and attacked the victim.

‘The offender is described as an Asian man who was tall, skinny, scruffy in appearance with black short-to-medium length messy hair and was wearing black jogging bottoms and a big coat. He ran off in the direction of Lincoln Road.

‘We understand this will be a concerning incident for members of the public, however we have got officers carrying out enquiries and doing all we can to identify the offender.

‘While this appears to be a random attack, we believe this was an isolated incident and have not received any further reports of this nature.’ 

Police asked anyone with information to contact them on webchat quoting incident 312 of May 8 or by calling 101. 


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