A 13-YEAR-OLD boy was airlifted to hospital with injuries believed to have been caused by a knife following a serious assault in Barrow on Saturday.

A 13-year-old girl and a boy of 14 were arrested in connection with the incident on Jarrow Street and have since been released on bail.

Two air ambulances were called to the incident, landing in Barrow Park. An eyewitness said they left at around 5pm.

Another witness reported seeing road ambulances as well as ‘lots of police’ at the scene.

Police were called to the scene by the North West Ambulance Service at around 2.50pm.

They said the injured boy’s wounds had been described as ‘not life-threatening’.

He remains in a stable condition at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool.

An increased police presence and cordon were introduced to Jarrow Street on Saturday due to the ongoing police investigation.

Cumbria Constabulary has sought to reassure the public in the wake of the incident.

Temporary Chief Superintendent Rob O’Connor said: “I would like to reassure the public that incidents such as this are very rare in Cumbria.

“This is an isolated incident and initial enquiries has revealed that the parties involved are believed to have known one another.

“The two young people arrested have been bailed with strict conditions and appropriate referrals made to relevant support agencies, and we will now liaise with the Crown Prosecution Service about criminal charges.

REASSURANCE: Temporary Chief Superintendent Rob OConnor

REASSURANCE: Temporary Chief Superintendent Rob O'Connor

“A team of detectives are continuing with their enquiries and we would welcome the public’s support by reporting information which could assist.”

Police have appealed for witnesses to the incident, asking people who have not yet spoken to them and who were on Jarrow Street between 2.45pm and 3pm on Saturday to come forward.

Anyone with information is urged to call 101, quoting incident number 116 of February 20, 2021.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.