Police officers investigating the stabbing of a 17-year-old male in Eldene are appealing for any members of the public who may have information to contact them.

Just before 4pm on Thursday 29th March, the victim was chased by a large group towards Eldene Primary School in Colingsmead.

He was pursued into the grounds and stabbed.

The victim was taken to the Great Western Hospital by ambulance where he remains in a serious but stable condition.

Detective Inspector Darren Hannant said: “Since we received the initial call from South Western Ambulance Service, numerous enquiries have been carried out by a team of officers.

“Extensive searches have taken place in the area and house-to-house enquiries continue along with the gathering of forensic, CCTV and witness evidence.

“The group involved in the incident ran into the school grounds and then back out again immediately after the attack which all happened in just a few minutes.

“The victim was wearing dark clothing at the time and had been out on his green, purple and blue mountain bike that afternoon.

“Incidents like this are uncommon but they understandably cause concern in the local community, especially given that this incident occurred on school premises. We take reports of this nature extremely seriously and we are doing all that we can to find those responsible.”

Anyone who saw the incident on Thursday, or anyone who has information in relation to the incident, should call police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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