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Five arrests made in connection with Wootton stabbing

We have arrested five people in connection to a stabbing which left a teenage boy seriously injured.

Police were called at around 6.30pm yesterday (Monday) to Ashpole Avenue, Wootton, after reports a teenage boy had been stabbed in the leg.

The boy was taken to hospital where he is currently undergoing treatment, though his injuries are not being treated as life threatening or life changing.

Detectives launched an investigation and subsequently five people have been arrested.

Three teenagers – two boys and one girl – have been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

The remaining two people, both women in their 30s, were arrested on suspicion of assisting offenders.

All five are currently in police custody for questioning.

Detective Chief Inspector Nick Gardner said: “This is a shocking incident to happen, and I know it has caused understandable concern in the local community.

“Officers will be conducting high visibility patrols in Wootton over the coming days whilst we continue our investigation.

“We believe this is an isolated incident and would like to reassure people there is no wider threat at this time.

“However, we can all play our part in having discussions with our children and young people and challenging any misguided attitudes about carrying a knife.

“Carrying weapons will only have bad and sometimes even devastating consequences, both for you or your loved ones. 

“We are serious about tackling knife crime in Bedfordshire and are asking anyone who was around the Ashpole Avenue area at the time to report any information they have to us, or come forward if they witnessed anything.”

If you saw or know anything that could assist the investigation, contact police by calling 101 quoting reference 350 of 31 July, or report via our online reporting centre.

You can also report anonymously on the Crimestoppers website or call 0800 555 111.

Find out what we are doing to tackle knife crime, and how you can help, by visiting our knife crime section.

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