A 13-year-old boy was rushed to hospital after being stabbed at a shopping center amid the Boxing Day sales.
The teenager sustained leg and neck injuries at the Potteries Center in Stoke-on-Trent on Monday. The youngster, who has not been named, is now in a stable condition in hospital.
A 14-year-old boy has been arrested and bailed on suspicion of attempted murder, Stoke-on-Trent Live reports.
Part of the shopping center, in the Hanley area of the city, was cordoned off after the stabbing.
A spokesperson for Staffordshire Police said: “We were called to a premises on Bryan Street, in Hanley, just after 3.05pm on Monday following reports of violence. We attended along with our colleagues from West Midlands Ambulance Service.
“A boy, aged 13, was treated at the scene for leg and neck injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening or life-changing. He remains in a stable condition in hospital.
“A 14-year-old boy, from Stoke-on-Trent, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, robbery and grievous bodily harm with intent. He has been granted conditional police bail while inquiries continue.”
The stabbing happened when shoppers were out looking for bargains in the Boxing Day sales. There are around 100 stores in the shopping centre, including a Primark, an H&M and a H Samuel jewellers.
Paramedics arrived there at around 3pm.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called to reports of a teenage boy being stabbed at The Potteries Center at around 3pm on Boxing Day. An ambulance and two paramedic officers were sent to the scene. They were assisted by an off- duty doctor. The teenager was assessed and treated at the scene before being taken to hospital.”
The Potteries Center issued a statement following the attack.
Center manager Amy Whittaker said: “We can confirm that an incident occurred in The Potteries Center involving a member of the public. Our own security team immediately attended the scene and the emergency services were called. A small section of the center, including the public toilets, was temporarily closed to the public. The incident is now being investigated by Staffordshire Police and anyone with information should contact them directly.”
Witnesses should call the police on 101, quoting incident number 371 of December 26, or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.