Nottinghamshire Police CI Donna Lawton discusses the stabbing incident in Nottingham city centre.
Two boys, aged 15 and 16, sustained stab wounds around 6.40pm yesterday (Friday 11 January).
The boys were both taken to hospital, with injuries which are not life threatening.
Chief Inspector Donna Lawton said: “We would like to thank the cooperation of the affected businesses in the area, and their patience along with the public’s while we have carried out our enquiries.
“When something of this nature happens, it is really important that we secure the scene to locate any items that may be associated with the offences committed. While this can be frustrating and inconvenient for some – including those who had plans to visit those premises affected, I think it is something that people do understand and accept we have to do.
“Our enquiries are continuing and we remain in the belief that this is unlikely to have been a random attack and those responsible for the stabbings are known to the victims.
“My officers will be increasing their presence in and around the area, to answer people’s questions and offer reassurance.
“We continue to work closely with our partners to tackle knife crime, identifying and addressing the root cause of this issue, but it is not a simple fix. We need to continue our multi-agency approach, working with our communities to take a stand against knife violence, and we would urge anyone who knows anything about the events of last night to speak to us.”