24th Apr, 2019

Police renew witness appeal following Leamington stabbing

Editorial Correspondent 15th Apr, 2019 Updated: 16th Apr, 2019

POLICE hunting two men following a stabbing in Leamington have appealed for help to catch the culprits.

A teenage boy was stabbed at around 3pm on Sunday April 7 following an argument near Sayer Close, at the end of the underpass leading to Leamington station.

Following the attack the 16-year-old staggered through the underpass before collapsing at the taxi rank. The victim was taken to hospital where his condition is described as serious but stable.

His attackers collected their mountain bikes – one blue the other black – and left in a cab.

The first, a black man around early 20s, was around 5,10″, skinny, with dark hair longer on the top than the sides and a thin beard. He was wearing a black tracksuit and a baseball cap, and carrying a black Nike rucksack.

The other was also black, around the same height with short tight curly hair. He was clean shaven and wearing a white Superdry hoodie, jeans, and a dark baseball cap. He was carrying a blue rucksack on his back and another small light coloured bag.

Police are appealing to anyone who saw the stab victim – who was wearing a black puffa jacket, a black Nike top and black Nike jogging bottoms – before the attack.

A second teenage boy is also believed to have been with the victim. He suffered minor head injuries in the attack and received treatment from a security guard.

He is thought to be Asian and was wearing a black jacket with a white Nike top underneath. He was also wearing dark Nike trousers.

Det Ch Ins Anna Middleton said: “The victim is still recovering in hospital from the serious injuries he sustained in this attack. Thankfully he is now in a stable condition.

“We are following a number of significant lines of enquiry and working hard to find those responsible.

“We appreciate how concerning this incident was for the local community. At this time, we believe this was a targeted attack and there was no wider risk to the public.

“If you witnessed what happened, or if you saw anyone matching the descriptions of the suspects or victims in the area at the time, then please get in touch as soon as you can. We’re especially keen to hear from anyone who was on platform two, or near the underpass or taxi rank around the time of the incident. We want to speak to everyone who was in the area at the time, even if they don’t think they saw anything suspicious.

“We’d also like to speak to anyone who has dash cam footage from the area.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Warwickshire Police has also set up a link where people can provide information and upload photos, video footage and other evidence. Visit mipp.police.uk/operation/22HQ18D55-PO1 to submit digital information.

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