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Police share image after boy injured with meat cleaver in attempted bike theft

Police are looking to trace a further suspect after a meat cleaver was used during an attempted robbery.

The victim had just left a leisure centre in Hodgkinson Road, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, when he was approached by two people.

He was then ordered to hand over a bike he was riding, with one of the suspects pulling out a meat cleaver when he refused.

At that point, the boy was hit in the face with the blunt side of the weapon, which was then swiped in his direction a second time.

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This resulted in the 16-year-old victim sustaining potentially life-altering injuries to his hand.

Having failed to take the bike, both suspects then fled towards Lindley’s Lane, around 4.50pm on Tuesday 30 January 2024.

A 16-year-old boy has since been charged with wounding with intent, attempted robbery, possessing an offensive weapon in public, and possession of cannabis.

The suspect, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been released on conditional bail, pending further inquiries.

As part of this investigation, police have now released an image of a second suspect who they’d like to speak to in connection with the incident.

PC Jon Evans, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This would’ve been a very scary experience for the victim, who was left with potentially life-altering injuries to his hand as a result.

“The violent behaviour demonstrated during this incident was completely unacceptable and could’ve quite easily resulted in someone being even more seriously hurt.

“While we’ve arrested and charged one suspect in connection with this, we want to ensure the second person involved is also brought before the courts.

“We believe the person in this picture has information that could assist us with our investigation, so we’d ask anyone that recognises them to contact us immediately.

“Information can be reported to the police by calling 101, quoting incident 517 of 30 January 2024, or to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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