Police manhunt in Peterborough after boy, 9, attacked

Police in Peterborough have launched a major investigation after a boy was attacked by a man in Peveril Road this afternoon (May 8).

Monday, 10th May 2021, 1:10 pm
Police at the scene in Peveril Road.
Police at the scene in Peveril Road.

Police taped off an area of Peveril Road this afternoon (May 8) and the air ambulance landed nearby.

Police confirmed the boy had been attacked by a man - described as tall, skinny, scruffy and of Asian appearance, who then ran off in the direction of Lincoln Road.

Reports in the area suggested the boy had been stabbed.

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Police at the scene in Peveril Road.

A Cambridgeshire Police spokesman said: “A nine-year-old boy has been hospitalised following an attack in Peterborough this afternoon (Saturday).

Police were called at 3.24pm by the ambulance service reporting a child had been assaulted in Peveril Road and had multiple wounds to his face and head.

“The boy, 9, was initially taken to Peterborough City Hospital but has since been transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge where he remains in a stable condition.”

Sergeant Jason Hancock said: “It is believed the boy was walking along the street with his older brother when a man approached them and attacked the victim.

A reader's image of police at the scene in Peveril Road.

“The offender is described as an Asian man who was tall, skinny, scruffy in appearance with black short-to-medium length messy hair and was wearing black jogging bottoms and a big coat. He ran off in the direction of Lincoln Road.

“We understand this will be a concerning incident for members of the public, however we have got officers carrying out enquiries and doing all we can to identify the offender. While this appears to be a random attack, we believe this was an isolated incident and have not received any further reports of this nature.”

Police asked anyone with any information to contact them via their webchat facility quoting incident 312 of May 8 or by calling 101.

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A reader's image of the air ambulance at the scene near Peveril Road.