UK Beach stabbing: Boy, 14, ‘knifed’ on busy sea shore

Police said the attack in front of Good Friday holiday-makers at the jam-packed beach appeared to be “targeted”

Teenage girls were reported to have been left covered in blood after a stabbing near a beach crowded with Bank Holiday revellers.

Merseyside Police have confirmed a boy was stabbed at Crosby Beach, at Waterloo in Sefton, around 6pm today.

Police said the attack appeared to be “targeted” and the boy escaped serious harm.

Police vans and patrol cars, as well as a number of paramedic vehicles all rushed to Crosby beach on Merseyside.

Officers had sealed off an area of sand dunes off South Road in Waterloo and were seen scouring the area looking for clues.

Onlookers said the beach had been jam-packed with locals and tourists enjoying the sunshine and sizzling temperatures when the attack took place.

One witness said: “I was told there were teenage girls covered in blood who said their mate, a 14-year-old boy, had been stabbed quite badly.

“He’s apparently not in a good way and had passed out.

The girls were very distressed and waiting for their parents to pick them up.”

Another visitor to the beach said: “We had taken the kids out for the afternoon but police wouldn’t let us past.

“People are saying youths were involved and someone had been stabbed.

“We take the children here most weekends and I’ve never seen this many police here.”

Merseyside Police confirmed a boy had been stabbed.

Detective Inspector Paul Parry said: “We initially believe that this was a targeted attack, and one which thankfully appears to have resulted in minor injuries.

“In these early stages we are looking to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident or saw anyone running off. This happened at the far side of the lake as you walk from the sand dunes.

“If you were here, let us know and check your devices for any inadvertent recording on phones of those involved. It could be vital.

Given the victim’s age and the open location on a warm, public holiday, I understand the concern that this incident will cause amongst people who live, work and visit the area.

“My assurance to them is that, like all violent crime, we will be doing everything possible to identify those responsible and put them before the courts.

“Knife crime can and does have awful consequences for victims, perpetrators and their families and we will act on all you know to take these people and their weapons off the streets.”