Issued on 15/5/18 at 2:42 p.m.
Loughborough Police are mounting extra patrols in an area of the town which saw an outbreak of violence last Friday (11 May).
It’s in response to community concerns following a confrontation involving a number of young men and teenage boys which happened at around 1.20pm in Radmoor Road.
A 17-year-old boy, who was in the area at the time, was admitted to hospital where he continues to receive treatment today. His condition is stable.
He was assaulted with kicks and punches, but we cannot rule out medical reasons for the seriousness of his condition. Enquiries are ongoing and officers are keeping an open mind as to the cause of his injuries.
Five people – aged 20, 19, two aged 18, and a 16-year-old – who were arrested by police on suspicion of attempted murder have been released from custody while enquiries continue.
Inspector Dwight Barker, the Neighbourhood Policing Area Commander for Loughborough, said: “I know news of this incident has unsettled some residents in the area. I want to reassure them that there are active enquiries underway to understand what exactly happened on Friday afternoon.
“I have arranged for increased patrols to take place to help further reassure local people.
“Unfortunately, some people are quick to take to social media to speculate about events and this is really unhelpful. For example, I am aware of reports that a number of weapons were used during the altercation – which I believe lasted only around 30 seconds – and that the 17-year-old who was taken to hospital had been stabbed. None of this is true.
“If people do have accurate information about what happened, I would ask them to come forward and share that information with us.
“Although the actual incident lasted less than a minute, there were a number of people involved, and there may well be eye witnesses who have yet to tells us what they saw.
“Anyone with information should contact us, either by calling 101 or by speaking to one of the several officers on patrol in the area.”
Anyone with information should quote incident number 344 of 11 May.