Police get more time to quiz children over attack

Police get more time to quiz children over attack

British police were today granted more time to interview two boys over a savage attack which left one boy battling life-threatening injuries and another seriously wounded.

Officers were given permission by magistrates to continue questioning the children, aged 10 and 11, over the incident at Edlington, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

The most seriously injured boy, who is 11, was found semi-conscious at the bottom of a wooded ravine on Saturday afternoon.

He was airlifted to Sheffield Children’s Hospital, where his condition was said to have improved today from critical to stable.

He has been taken off a ventilator and moved to a high-dependency ward, but police said they were not expecting to be able to speak to him today.

His nine-year-old companion was found wandering along a street “dazed” and covered in blood, witnesses said.

Police were called at around 2.20pm on Saturday after the youngster was found in Auburn Road by a member of the public.

He was taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary, where he had surgery on a severe cut to his arm, and is expected to undergo further surgery today or tomorrow.

Today, the younger boy’s parents were not at their home, which is a few streets away from where he was found.

Neighbours said the couple were at their son’s bedside.

One woman, who did not want to be named, said the boy’s parents were in a state of shock.

She said the two boys were always together.

“They both play football. They’re always out here. They’re always together,” she said.

She said the boy, who lived a few doors away, was a normal boy of his age.

“We’ve never had any trouble with him,” she said.

Another man said: “They’re just regular lads. They’re not brothers but they are like brothers.”

The younger boy’s mother is the elder boy’s sister, local people said.

Their mother died about 10 years ago and the elder boy lives a few streets away with his father and his partner.

People at that house said they could not talk this morning.

It is thought the two boys may have been attacked with a brick and slashed with a knife.

Downing Street said Gordon Brown regarded it as a “shocking” incident, but cautioned against drawing any wider conclusions about the state of society.

“In his view, the overwhelming majority are well-behaved and have good upbringings, and therefore

he would be cautious about reaching any general conclusion about what is a disturbing but singular event,” the Prime Minister’s spokesman said.

People living near the Brick Ponds area of Edlington, a former mining village, described how the younger boy was seen wandering along the street covered in blood.

Today, police continued to work in the ravine, with members of the public kept well back behind a cordon.

Mounted officers joined colleagues patrolling the streets.


More in this Section

South African province prepares 1.5 million graves as virus hits ‘full speed’South African province prepares 1.5 million graves as virus hits ‘full speed’

Significant divergences between Brussels and UK on trade deal, EU saysSignificant divergences between Brussels and UK on trade deal, EU says

Hundreds stranded in Japan as downpours cause more than 60 deathsHundreds stranded in Japan as downpours cause more than 60 deaths

Seoul mayor reported missing amid sexual harassment allegationsSeoul mayor reported missing amid sexual harassment allegations


Lifestyle

Is there a natural treatment I could use instead of steroids and antibiotic drops for dry eye?Natural health: I suffer from chronic dry eye

Denise O’Donoghue checks in with several expats affected by the cancellation of shows in BritainIrish actors on the crisis the West End theatre industry faces

This month marks four decades since the release of the classic record that would also be Ian Curtis’s final album with Joy Division. Ed Power chats to a number of Cork music fans about what it meant to themJoy Division: Forty years on from 'Closer'

Last week, I shared my lockdown experience. I asked for a more uniform approach, should there be another lockdown. I explained that I worked mornings. Maybe I should have been more specific: working 8am to 1pm without a break, I gave feedback and covered the curriculum, using our school’s online platform. In the afternoons, I looked after my three kids (all under ten) while my husband worked. It was a challenging time for everyone and the uncertainty around what I should have been doing as a teacher made it harder.Diary of an Irish teacher: I want to get back to work. But I would like to do it safely

More From The Irish Examiner