Boy, 17, stabbed in Redhill
A STREET was sent into lockdown after a boy was stabbed in a confrontation with a ten-strong gang.
A trail of blood was visible up a 100-metre stretch of Ladbroke Road, Redhill, after the 17-year-old was knifed in the wrist on Wednesday, February 15.
Some residents were ordered to stay inside all evening as police closed the road to traffic and pedestrians.
One woman, who asked not to be named for fear of reprisals, said: "We heard shouting and people running back and forth, I looked out and this lad was saying 'I've been stabbed'.
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"He was on his phone and ran off up the road."
She said a kitchen knife, with a blade about five or six inches long, was later recovered.
She added: "With the park [Memorial Park] over the road, there is lots of trouble. It is a nightmare up and down here.
"A stabbing is a one-off but the trouble isn't – I'm not really shocked."
Other neighbours agreed that the incident was not a surprise, and said drug dealing and disturbances were a regular occurrence in the area.
The victim and two friends were walking along the road at about 7.15pm when they were approached by a gang of ten people.
He was stabbed in the wrist with what police said they "believed" was a knife.
Appealing for witnesses, investigating officer Detective Constable Darryl Donaghue, said: "Several lines of enquiry are being followed to catch those responsible.
"Ladbroke Road is a popular cut-through for commuters leaving Redhill Railway Station and is generally a busy area. I would appeal to anyone who was in the vicinity at the time of the incident to contact us if they can in any way help with the investigation."
Reigate and Banstead neighbourhood inspector Richard Haycock added: "Additional patrols will be put on to reassure members of the public who use this area."
The attackers are described as boys and men aged between 16 and 20 and of various ethnic origins. Two girls nearby may also be connected to the incident.
A "number of items" seized at the scene are being analysed.
The victim was treated by ambulance crews at the scene and taken to hospital.
Anyone with information about the attack is urged to contact Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference RB/12/1283 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.