Man, 20, arrested after boy, 12, stabbed on bouncy castle at child’s birthday party

A 20-year-old man has been arrested after a 12-year-old boy was stabbed on bouncy castle at child’s birthday party.

Merseyside Police said the young boy’s assault was “not a random attack” and are continuing to investigate after the violent scenes yesterday afternoon.

Officers were called to Southport Road, in Bootle, yesterday to reports a child had been stabbed.

The boy, officers said, remains in hospital and is “likely to make a quick recovery” after he was stabbed in the leg.

They said that “following extensive enquiries” a man from Bootle was arrested this morning, reports the Liverpool Echo.

He was arrested on suspicion of Section 18 wounding and taken to a police station for questioning.

Detective Chief Inspector Gayle Rooney said: “Although it is pleasing to have made a quick arrest, our investigation continues and we’re gathering all information to piece together the circumstances. If you saw anything or hold any CCTV, dashcam, or other material, get them to us as soon as possible.

“We understand the concern that such an incident has in the community. This was not a random attack and we believe that all involved were from the local area. Nonetheless, for a young person to be assaulted is despicable, so it’s vitally important that anyone with details to assist comes forward, either directly or anonymously through Crimestoppers, and we will take action.”

Two men are said to have ambushed the gathering, storming up the front path and into the back garden.

Witnesses said two attackers then calmly walked away, without running, down Southport Road.

Birthday decorations remained in place at the scene this morning, although officers have since left.

The boy’s grandmother spoke to the Echo last night.

She said: “It was terrible.

“They came straight in the back garden and went for him, punching and kicking him and then stabbed him three times.

“There was a lot of blood so we just tried to keep pressure on the wound until the ambulance came.

“There was around 14 children in the garden and we got them inside as quick as we could.”