Police issue knife warning after teen jailed

29 Apr 2016 14:27 PM

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Police issue knife warning after teenager jailed for stabbing

A 16-year-old boy from Walker has been sentenced to serve 20 months in a detention centre after stabbing a man in Newcastle.

On Tuesday, January 19, the 16-year-old boy attacked a 29-year-old man and stabbed him in the leg inside McDonalds restaurant in Glendale Terrace, Byker.

The man suffered a large cut to his leg which required hospital treatment and stitches.

Officers quickly identified the attacker and arrested him at his home address where they recovered a two-inch knife that had been used in the attack.

He was charged with wounding with intent to commit GBH and threatening a person with a bladed article.

He appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on April 1 after pleading guilty to the offences and the judge handed him a 20 month training and detention order.

Central Area Command Detective Inspector Darren Adams said:

"By choosing to carry and use a knife the offender could have seriously injured or even killed the victim during this incident.

"There were families and children inside the McDonalds when the stabbing took place, all of who saw what happened and were left extremely frightened by it.

"Behaviour like this is incredibly dangerous and will not be tolerated.

"Anyone who uses a knife or any weapon to intimidate and threaten their victim should be left in no doubt that we will do everything we can to arrest them and bring them to justice.

"We will continue to work to get those who carry knives off our streets and behind bars.

"I'd also like to praise and thank the officers involved in this investigation. Their quick response and thorough enquiries led to the teenage offender being identified and arrested quickly and the knife used in the attack to be seized and destroyed. Their good work has led to a knife now off the streets and a dangerous individual behind bars."

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