Boy, 14, Charged With Stabbing Teenager on North London Street
A 14 year old has been charged with the attempted murder of a teenager in north London, police said.
He is set to next appear at the Old Bailey on Tuesday, 31 July.
The victim, who is also 14, was attacked on Fairbridge Road, near Archway in north London, on Sunday evening just before 7 p.m. He was taken to hospital by helicopter and remains in serious but stable condition.
A boy, 11, who was previously arrested on suspicion of attempted murder is no longer a suspect and was released from custody. A 15-year-old boy who was also arrested has been bailed out.
On Sunday, Amina Taylor, who saw the stabbing tweeted, “I just witnessed the stabbing of a teenager – by another teenage boy. Hug your kids closer tonight. Hope the victim pulls through.”
I just witnessed the stabbing of a teenager – by another teenage boy. Hug your kids closer tonight. Hope the victim pulls through. pic.twitter.com/J016fOhV4T
— Amina Taylor (@aminataylor) July 1, 2018
“We could all see the knife in his hand. It was that big,” said Taylor, a journalist, according to the British newspaper The Times.
“You could hear the screams of ‘No, stop it, don’t be stupid’ and he went for [one of the adults] first but then he was kind of swinging wildly and then he just thrust the knife into the stomach of the teenager.”
Police are keeping an open mind about the motive for the knifing and they said that enquiries are ongoing.
The attack follows a stabbing spree at the Garage Nation music festival in Hainault Forest Country Park, northeast London on Saturday June, 30. Police said that four men were injured after a fight. The knifing is believed to have taken place in the VIP area.