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TEENAGER STABBED IN THE BACK TWICE ON THE STREETS OF COWES

UPDATED: Detectives on the Isle of Wight are investigating the stabbing of a 18-year-old teenager in Cowes overnight.

Police cordoned off large parts of Love Lane, Windmill Close and the surrounding areas following the incident at around 00:45 this morning (Tuesday).

Paramedics rushed to the scene to treat the victim, who was then taken to St Mary’s Hospital under blue lights.

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The teen remains in hospital this morning where they are being treated for their injuries. Police are yet to comment on how severe those injuries are.

Investigations are continuing and a cordon is still in place around Windmill Close. It is thought the stabbing may have taken place in an alleyway connecting Maxted Close to Windmill Close – this has also been sealed off.

Forensic investigators have been deployed to the scene in Cowes to conduct an examination of the area. They are expected to arrive later this morning.

UPDATE @ 10:01 – Hampshire Constabulary have confirmed that an 18-year-old male from Cowes has sustained 2 stab wounds to his back. His injuries are not life-threatening.

Enquiries into the exact circumstances surrounding the assault are on-going and forensic investigators have arrived at Love Lane to conduct an examination of the scene.

Detective Sergeant Roger Whitewick has said:

“This was a serious assault which happened in a residential area.

“We believe there are people living in this area who may have witnessed the assault, or the events leading up to it. I am appealing for these people to come forward with any information they may have to assist us.

“Did you see anything out of the ordinary, or a group of people acting suspiciously in your local area? Please call us if you saw anything.

“Neighbourhood officers will be in the area over the coming days carrying out further work, so if you have any concerns please speak with one of our officers.”

It’s thought a number of people are wanted in connection with the serious assault. Police have not mentioned any arrests thus far.

A local resident has spoken to Island Echo and said that they heard a number of people running and shouting in a ‘panicked’ state, before driving off in a car.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Newport CID on 101, quoting 44180279060, or call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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