A 15-year-old boy has been charged after two boys were stabbed in Cambridge city centre

PUBLISHED: 06:33 17 May 2018

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New police on the beat are decreasing response times and helping tackle violent crimes, police say.

Police responded to a report of two teenage boys being stabbed in Cambridge city centre on Sunday.

The incident occurred on Sidney Street at around 7.40pm.

The victims, boys aged 13 and 16, were taken to hospital with serious injuries, and were released the same day.

A 15-year-old boy from Cambridge has been charged with possession of a bladed article in public and two counts of grievous bodily harm with intent.

Another 15-year-old boy from Cambridge who was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm has been released under investigation.

Chief Inspector Steve Kerridge said: “’Reactively’, the new policing model has released more staff working 24/7 across the county to seek to improve the timeliness of response to demand for policing services, which in turn can maximise evidential opportunities to identify and bring offenders to justice.

“A fast response to this week’s stabbing at Sidney Street in Cambridge resulted in the apprehension of suspects, with one charged for the assault.

“The ‘proactive’ or preventative element of the policing model has further refined an approach of investing in tackling causal factors, and focusing on both those presenting the greatest risks to others and those at greatest risk of victimisation.

“Nationally, the carriage of weapons by young people has -in part- been attributed to the pernicious ‘county lines’ model of drug dealing and associated organised crime. This can draw-in vulnerable young people and create an environment of conflict and personal weapon carriage for protection.

“The Cambridgeshire approach to this threat, in terms of targeting organised criminal groups and working to identify those vulnerable to this methodology, has secured a number of successful outcomes and positive disruption.

“There remains work to do and violent crime will never be eradicated, but the county lines approach in Cambridge and its vicinity has shown success in disrupting this criminal model.”

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