Coventry & Warwickshire

Boy, 14, stabbed in neck in Coventry

The scene in Upper Spon Street
Image caption Police have cordoned off the area in Upper Spon Street while they carry out a forensic search

A 14-year-old boy is in a critical condition after being stabbed in the neck in Coventry.

Police said the attack happened at about 17:40 BST on Monday after the boy left the Lifestyle Express Store in Upper Spon Street, Spon End.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said it was thought the boy was attacked by a man with a large carving knife.

A 32-year-old Coventry man has been arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

A second man, aged 41, has also been arrested in connection with the offence.

The boy has undergone emergency surgery and been transferred to a specialist hospital unit in Nottinghamshire.

'Covered in blood'

Det Insp Martin Slevin said: "It appears the lad was in the newsagents with a female friend when an argument broke out with a man.

"The victim left the shop and seconds later, no more than 15 yards from the shop entrance, was stabbed in the neck by a large bladed knife."

He appealed for anyone who saw the attack or a man running away from the scene to contact police.

"The offender would have been covered in blood and again I'd ask for anyone who believes they saw this person to contact me," he said.

Police have cordoned off the area in Upper Spon Street while they carry out a forensic search.

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