A 16-year-old boy will serve six months in a Young Offenders’ Institution after stabbing a man outside a shop.
The victim, a 54-year-old man, had become embroiled in a verbal and physical altercation with a group of teenagers outside a store in Somerville Street, Crewe, on January 31.
The altercation, which occurred at around 3.45pm, initially involved the man and a 14-year-old boy before the 16-year-old joined in.
As well as punching his victim, the teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, stabbed the man in the abdomen with a knife he’d been carrying.
The attack caused a serious internal injury and the victim was taken to hospital. He has since been discharged after receiving treatment for a single stab wound.
Now, after pleading guilty to wounding with intent and possessing a bladed article in public, the boy was handed a detention and training order and has been ordered to serve six months in a YOI.
Detective Constable Gail Burndred, of Crewe CID, said: “The victim in this case sustained a serious internal injury as a result of a 16-year-old boy carrying and using a knife on that day in January.
“Thankfully the victim is back home recovering from the injury after receiving treatment at hospital. “The consequences of this incident could have been even worse – single stab wounds can be fatal.
“I hope this case deters young people from carrying knives.”
On top of his custodial sentence, the 16-year-old was ordered to pay a £32 victim surcharge.
Chief Inspector Sarah Heath, Cheshire Constabulary’s knife crime lead, said: “We take knife crime extremely seriously at the force.
“When people carry knives it is only a matter of time before someone suffers life changing injuries or is killed, and if you carry a knife then you are much more likely to be involved in a knife crime.
“Carrying a knife doesn’t make you safer and the consequences can be devastating for all those involved.
“At Cheshire Constabulary we have a structured prepare, protect, pursue and prevent approach to tackling knife crime that involves various partner agencies, including local authorities, education providers, health authorities, third sector organisations, youth representatives and community groups.
“We work together to educate young people about the dangers and futility of carrying weapons, steer them away from criminality and offer them attractive alternative ways to spend their time.
“Our aim is for weapon-free streets throughout the county and we will continue to endeavour – through education, awareness and action – to make Cheshire an area where no-one carries a knife or feels that there is a reason to do so.
“However, the police cannot achieve this goal on our own. Knife crime is a societal problem that cannot be solved without the support of the whole society.
“If you have any information regarding knife crimes or those who carry weapons please let us know.”
Crewe Local Policing Unit’s Chief Inspector Simon Newell added: “We are committed to doing all that we can to tackle knife crime in the town.
“On several occasions over the past year we have used powers, which have been granted under Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act (1994), that allow officers to stop and search any person or vehicle for weapons, whether or not they have any grounds of suspicion.
“Local officers have been involved in knife sweeps, used surrender bins, carried out test purchasing and delivered numerous educational and awareness sessions via local schools and our Police Community Support Officers.
“We have also been involved in targeting those who order weapons online, set up diversionary activities for young people in Crewe such as football and boxing events and are working with the No More Knives in Crewe community group to tackle knife crime in the town together.”
To report any type of knife crime call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, or 999 in an emergency. Information can also be passed to the force online via the police website here .
Anyone who knows someone that carries a knife can report it to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.