Man arrested after 12-year-old boy stabbed on bouncy castle at children's birthday party

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A man has been arrested after a 12-year-old boy was stabbed on a bouncy castle during a child's birthday party.

Merseyside Police said the 20-year-old, from Bootle, was detained "on suspicion of Section 18 wounding" on Thursday morning and taken to a police station for questioning.

Police say it was "not a random attack" and its investigation continues. The attack may have been prompted by a row over stone throwing in the moments before the assault.

It happened on Wednesday afternoon at a house on Southport Road in Bootle. The child was taken to hospital for treatment to a stab wound to his leg.

Police said the injured boy remains in hospital and is "likely to make a quick recovery".

Anyone with information can contact police by tweeting at @MerPolCC, calling 101 and quoting reference 21000220899 or phoning Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.