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Boy, 13, stabbed in shopping centre during Boxing Day sales

The Potteries Centre in Stoke-on-Trent. (Creative Commons/fotodiscs4u)
The Potteries Centre in Stoke-on-Trent. (Creative Commons/fotodiscs4u)

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a 13-year-old boy was stabbed at Stoke-on-Trent's main shopping centre.

Staffordshire Police and paramedics were called to The Potteries Centre, in Hanley, at the height of the Boxing Day sales.

A section of the shopping centre – including the public toilets – was cordoned off as part of the investigation.

The boy, who has not been named, remains in a "stable" condition in hospital following the attack.

A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: "We were called to a premises on Bryan Street, in Hanley, just after 3.05pm on Monday following reports of violence. We attended along with our colleagues from West Midlands Ambulance Service.

"A boy, aged 13, was treated at the scene for leg and neck injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening or life-changing.

"A 14-year-old boy, from Stoke-on-Trent, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, robbery and grievous bodily harm with intent."

The suspect has been granted bail.

Potteries Centre manager Amy Whittaker urged anyone with information to contact Staffordshire Police directly.

Witnesses should call the police on 101, quoting incident number 371 of December 26, or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.