Good Friday beach horror: Schoolboy, 14, is knifed in the stomach at packed beach

A 14-year-old boy has been stabbed in the leg and stomach Credit: Liverpool Echo

Teenage girls were reported to have been left covered in blood after a stabbing near a beach crowded with Bank Holiday revellers. Police vans and patrol cars, as well as a number of paramedic vehicles all rushed to Crosby beach on Merseyside at around 6pm. Officers had sealed off an area of sand dunes off South Road in Waterloo and were seen scouring the area looking for clues. Onlookers said the beach had been jam-packed with locals and tourists enjoying the sunshine and sizzling temperatures.

14-year-old boy has been stabbed in the stomach and leg near a beach crowded with Bank Holiday revellers in Merseyside Credit: Liverpool Echo
The area is popular with families and tourists Credit: Granada

One witness said: “I was told there were teenage girls covered in blood who said their mate, a 14-year-old boy, had been stabbed quite badly. “He’s apparently not in a good way and had passed out. “The girls were very distressed and waiting for their parents to pick them up.” Another visitor to the beach said: "We had taken the kids out for the afternoon but police wouldn't let us past. "People are saying youths were involved and someone had been stabbed. "We take the children here most weekends and I've never seen this many police here." Merseyside Police confirmed a boy had been stabbed.

Police say it's thought to be a targeted attack Credit: Liverpool Echo

“We initially believe that this was a targeted attack, and one which thankfully appears to have resulted in minor injuries. "In these early stages we are looking to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident or saw anyone running off. This happened at the far side of the lake as you walk from the sand dunes. "If you were here, let us know and check your devices for any inadvertent recording on phones of those involved. It could be vital. “Given the victim’s age and the open location on a warm, public holiday, I understand the concern that this incident will cause amongst people who live, work and visit the area. “My assurance to them is that, like all violent crime, we will be doing everything possible to identify those responsible and put them before the courts. "Knife crime can and does have awful consequences for victims, perpetrators and their families and we will act on all you know to take these people and their weapons off the streets.”

– Detective Inspector Paul Parry
Onlookers said area was packed with locals and tourists enjoying the weather Credit: Liverpool Echo