Police investigating the stabbing of a 10-year-old boy outside a family home have arrested a 32-year-old man.
The attack, which took place on Belper Street, Leicester, saw the schoolboy scream ‘help me, I’ve been stabbed’ as he slumped to the ground on Saturday evening, with his mother, who was not injured, trying to stop him from bleeding.
Following the horrific attack, a man, from Leicester, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is now being kept in police custody.
It comes after police released a CCTV image of a man they were looking to question.
The young boy was later taken to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham where he remains in a stable condition.
Leicestershire Police earlier released CCTV image of a man as part of the investigation after a 10-year-old boy was stabbed in the neck
The schoolboy was walking down Belper Street in Leicester (pictured) at 5.20pm on Saturday with his mother when he was approached by a man who stabbed him before fleeing the scene
Detective Inspector Tim Lindley said: ‘Following a public appeal issued this evening to trace a man captured on CCTV, a 32-year-old man has been arrested.
‘While I would like to thank everyone who has shared our appeal and has already made contact with police, I am still appealing to anyone with any information to come forward.
‘If you witnessed anything or have CCTV or dashcam footage from the area you could have vital information to assist us with our continued enquiries. Please speak to police if you can help.’
From initial CCTV enquiries, it is believed the victim was attacked by a man with an object, police said.
Police have been trawling CCTV and making house-to-house enquiries as part of their investigations.
Leicestershire Police said they are now linking the attack to two other incidents. Pictured: Police at the scene
The suspect has been described as a light-skinned Asian man, in his mid-20s, around 5ft 10ins tall and wearing a brown-coloured jacket. Pictured: Belper Street
Following the attack detective Inspector Tim Lindley said: We have a team of dedicated officers and staff carrying out full enquiries to establish the full circumstances.
‘In light of these incidents, I would ask that people do remain aware and vigilant, and report anything which causes them concern to the police. If you do recognise the man pictured, please do not approach him but please contact 999 immediately.
‘Please look after yourselves and those around you, and please take steps to keep yourselves safe when you are out and about.
‘Please be assured that we do have officers in the area offering reassurance to residents and speaking to people regarding any concerns. Please do speak to these officers if you are in the area.’
Police are urging any witnesses or anyone with CCTV or dashcam footage from the area to get in touch by calling 101 and quoting incident 145 of January 19.
Leicestershire Police have urged anyone with information to get in touch by calling 101 and quoting incident 145 of January 19. Pictured: Belper Street