Two arrested as police say boy's stabbing in Derby street was not gang-related
THE stabbing of a 15-year-old boy in a Derby street was not gang-related, police investigating the case believe.
The youth was allegedly attacked off Phoenix Street, close to Landau Forte College, on Monday at about 4pm.
Derbyshire police said he was taken to hospital because of his injuries but, yesterday, they confirmed he had been released.
Two 14-year-old boys were arrested yesterday on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm, while a 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.
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All three were questioned by officers and released on bail later yesterday, pending further inquiries.
A spokeswoman for Derbyshire police said: "Officers having been liaising closely with Landau Forte College as part of the investigation.
"Officers have confirmed they do not believe the assault to be gang-related."
Landau Forte College has said it is talking to the boy's family but head teacher Liz Coffey has so far refused to speak further about the incident.
The Derby Telegraph contacted the school and asked to speak with Mrs Coffey but she did not respond. The school instead released a statement.
It said: "Following a serious incident which took place outside of college at the end of the college day on Monday, we are in regular communication with the police and understand their investigations are proceeding.
"We will continue to work closely with the police, who will provide a uniformed presence for the remainder of this week.
"We are also in close contact with the young person's family."
On Monday night, people using social networking website Twitter had posted messages about the incident.
This included one witness saying she saw blood "pouring out" of the boy's wound but how she saw him getting into the ambulance soon afterwards.
Anyone with information is asked to call Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.