Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry stabbing victim named as Declan Thomas

The scene in Upper Spon Street
Image caption Police cordoned off the area in Upper Spon Street for a forensic search

A 14-year-old boy, who is in a critical condition after being stabbed in the neck in Coventry, has been named.

Declan Thomas, from Spon End, was attacked at 17:40 BST on Monday after he left a shop in Upper Spon Street.

His condition is described as critical but stable and he has undergone surgery in a specialist hospital unit in Nottinghamshire.

Police have been granted further time to question a man in connection with the attack.

The boy was stabbed by a man with a large carving knife, police believe.

A 32-year-old from Coventry was arrested on Monday on suspicion of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and can now be questioned by police until Thursday.

Coventry Police Det Insp Martin Slevin said: "We are building up a clearer picture of exactly what happened.

"I would still like to hear from anyone who witnessed the attack or the offender running from the scene through Spon End towards Ikea."

A second man, aged 41, was also arrested in connection with the offence and released on Tuesday without charge.

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