'Knifeman' arrested after boy, 12, stabbed on 'bouncy castle at girl's 8th birthday party'

Witnesses told how the boy was brutally beaten as his horrified mother looked on at a girl’s eighth birthday party. The attacker reportedly chased him on the inflatable before raining down punches and kicks on him and allegedly knifing him three times in his leg, reports Liverpool Echo.

A 20-year-old man from Bootle, Merseyside, is being quizzed by police this morning in connection with the attack.

Police in Bootle said the 12-year-old victim remains in hospital this morning but is likely to make a quick recovery.

His grandmother said: “It was terrible.

“There was a lot of blood so we just tried to keep pressure on the wound until the ambulance came.

“There were around 14 children in the garden and we got them inside as quick as we could.”

The family said the boy and his friend had nipped to the corner shop and were returning to the party when an argument broke out with an older man.

Witnesses said two men, believed to be aged between 18-21, are said to have ambushed the gathering storming up the front path and into the back garden.

They reportedly chased the frightened boy and cornered him on the bouncy castle, attacking him as he cowered on the floor and then plunging the blade repeatedly into his leg.

Witnesses said the two attackers then calmly walked away, without running, down Southport Road.

The boy was rushed to hospital and will need surgery, his family said, and is expected to remain on a ward for a few nights.

Yesterday, birthday inscriptions on the front wall could be seen at the house and in the front yard, hours after a large police presence had left the scene.


The family said the friend of the 12-year-old, who was with him at the shop and witnessed the attack, was shaken afterwards.

One relative said: “He was white as a sheet afterwards when police were talking to him, and could hardly speak.”

He added: “This all happened in front of the boy’s mum, we can’t believe this has happened, at a girl’s eighth birthday party.”

Detective Chief Inspector Gayle Rooney said: “Although it is pleasing to have made a quick arrest, our investigation continues and we’re gathering all information to piece together the circumstances. If you saw anything or hold any CCTV, dashcam, or other material, get them to us as soon as possible.

“We understand the concern that such an incident has in the community. This was not a random attack and we believe that all involved were from the local area.

“Nonetheless, for a young person to be assaulted is despicable, so it’s vitally important that anyone with details to assist comes forward, either directly or anonymously through Crimestoppers, and we will take action.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact @MerPolCC, 101 quoting ref. 21000220899 or Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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