Merseyside Police has today, Friday, 4 October, welcomed the sentencing of two 15-year-olds for the attempted murder of a 15-year-old boy in Croxteth last year.
On Saturday, 3 November 2018, a report was received at around 2.55pm that the victim, who was 14 at the time, had been struck to the head and stabbed in the back in Croxteth Park. He was taken to hospital for treatment to serious but non-life threatening injuries.
A short time later, a 14-year-old girl from Tuebrook and a 14-year-old boy from Wavertree were arrested in connection with the incident.
Today, at Liverpool Crown Court, they were both sentenced to five years and eight months in a young offenders institute for attempted murder.
Detective Constable Nick Buckley said: “We welcome today’s sentencing and hope it serves as a stark reminder of the consequences of carrying or using a knife.
“Our enquiries revealed that the two offenders carried out a premediated and callous attack on a person that was known to them, and I hope they now take the time to thoroughly reflect on the seriousness of their actions. Although the victim sustained serious injuries, it is incredibly lucky that he was not killed, as we have sadly seen before.
“To see young people carrying and using knives is appalling and we will continue to work with partners and schools to educate our young people on the dangers of knife crime.
“We cannot do this alone and need to help of parents, guardians and young people themselves. If you are caught carrying a knife, you are reducing your future prospects and we will continue to do our utmost to eradicate crime with the help of our communities.”
If you have information about knife crime, please let us know so we can take action. You can contact @MerPolCC, 101 or @CrimestoppersUK, anonymously on 0800 555 111 with information.