Stoke & Staffordshire

Teenagers sentenced over double stabbing in Staffordshire

Three teenagers have been sentenced over a double stabbing in a subway.

An 18-year-old man and a boy, 17, were stabbed in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, last June.

A 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy were found guilty of attempted robbery and wounding. They were sentenced to seven years and eight years in a young offender institution respectively.

A 16-year-old boy who admitted attempted robbery and was found guilty of wounding received seven years.

'Isolated incident'

They were sentenced on Thursday at Stafford Crown Court.

A number of people were arrested and released without charge after the stabbings, in a subway off Dimsdale Parade West on 26 June.

Ch Insp Clare Riley, of Staffordshire Police, said: "Today's sentence is to be welcomed and sends out a strong message - the carrying and use of knives is completely unacceptable in Staffordshire.

"This incident caused a great deal of concern in the Chesterton community and left residents understandably shocked by the actions of these young people.

"I would like to take this opportunity to reassure people this was an isolated incident which involved people known to each other."

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