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Police hunt two men after ‘brutal’ attack on 14-year-old boy

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Wanted: an image of the two suspects wanted in connection with the stabbing on Parson’s Road (Photograph supplied)

Police have released an image of two suspects wanted in connection with a “brutal” attack on a 14-year-old boy yesterday morning.

The boy’s injuries were said by police to be serious, but not life-threatening, and that he was recovering in hospital.

The teenager was stabbed while waiting at a bus stop on Parson’s Road at its junction with Happy Dale Road in Pembroke at about 8.20am.

A police spokesman did not say if the attack was gang-related or which school the teenager attended.

But a source at CedarBridge Academy said the school was under lockdown for the day because of the incident and that pupils were asked to remain in their classrooms for their own safety.

Inspector Kenten Trott said at the scene of the attack: “The basic circumstances were that an individual was at a bus stop – a young schoolboy – when he was brutally attacked by two males on a motorcycle.

“The motorcycle stopped right in front of the bus stop and attacked this young man. The suspects were wearing light-coloured clothing and the cycle was a white motorcycle. The suspects were both wearing dark-coloured helmets.

Mr Trott said the attackers fled along Happy Dale Road.

He appealed to the public: “If you have any information, anyone who was in the area – this is a busy road at that time of the day, so anyone please come forward with any information they may have.

“It’s a young schoolboy. He is currently receiving treatment at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital. At the moment he’s in a stable condition.”

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Stableford, of the Serious Crime Unit, speaking after an image of the suspects was released, appealed for anyone with dashboard cameras or home CCTV to check their footage.

Mr Stableford said: “These suspects had to travel somewhere after this incident as they sought to avoid arrest.”

He added: “We wish to thank those people who have already come forward to assist with the investigation. Their help and support is invaluable.”

Renée Ming, the national security minister, who visited the scene on Friday, said: “I am shocked and outraged at what is the second violent attack on a person to take place this week.”

Ms Ming added: “While I am glad that this stabbing incident has not resulted in an unspeakable tragedy, I want to convey to the young man and his family, you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.”

She said: “The persons responsible for this attack must be brought to justice."

Anyone with footage of anyone matching the description of the suspects can upload it to the police portal here.

People with information on the incident should call 211 or the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers hotline on 800 8477.

Crime scene: police and fire crews on Parson’s Road after the stabbing (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)