A TEENAGER has been arrested following a search  after a 10-year-old boy was stabbed this afternoon.

An 18-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of section 18 assault.

He remains in custody for questioning.The Bolton News:

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Police were called to Bridgeman Street in Great Lever at 1.20pm to reports that 10-year-old boy had been stabbed.

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He was taken to hospital, where he remains in a stable condition.

It is believed he will be discharged later this evening.

Police say they believe this to be an isolated incident, with no wider threat to the public.

Officers say whilst  they were engaged in a search, specially trained officers 'very recently' arrested an 18-year-old man on suspicion of section 18 assault.

A large police presence remained in the area until 7pm whilst investigation work was carried out.

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Detective Superintendent Joanne Rawlinson said: “No child should ever be the victim of such a distressing incident and my thoughts are with this young boy and his family as he receives medical treatment in hospital.

"We are pleased to hear the news that the boy is doing well and that he may be discharged later today. We hope that he makes a full and quick recovery.

“I appreciate that such news is likely to cause upset and shock within the local community, as well as the wider public, but I can assure you that we are doing absolutely everything we can to piece together the circumstances of this incident. In a recent development, specially trained officers have made an arrest of an 18-year-old man who will be questioned by detectives in the coming hours.

“We do believe this to be an isolated incident and at the moment there are several officers in the area conducting enquiries. If members of the local community have any concerns or issues, we would urge them to speak with these officers who are there to help and provide support to anyone who may need it.”

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Neighbours expressed shock at the incident as forensic officers and police carried their investigations.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting incident number 1475 of 11/07/20. Information can also be passed on anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.