A man has been charged with the attempted murder of a nine-year-old boy who was stabbed in a “random” street attack in broad daylight.
The boy was walking with his older brother when he was approached by a man and attacked in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, said police.
The youngster suffered life-changing injuries to his faces and head, and was airlifted to hospital following the incident in a residential street at about 3.20pm on Saturday.
He continued to receive treatment in hospital on Monday as a suspect was due to appear in court.
In attempt to reassure local residents, Cambridge Constabulary said the incident appeared to be a “random attack” and officers believed it was an “isolated incident”.
The boy was initially taken to Peterborough City Hospital with multiple injuries, said police.
He was later transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, where he remained in a stable condition.
Earlier, police Sgt Jason Hancock said: “It is believed the boy was walking along the street with his older brother when a man approached them and attacked the victim.
“While this appears to be a random attack, we believe this was an isolated incident and have not received any further reports of this nature.”
Faisal Khan, 24, of Dogsthorpe area of Peterborough, has been charged with attempted murder and possession of a knife in a public place, said Cambridgeshire police.
He was arrested at his home on Saturday night, initially on suspicion of assault causing grievous bodily harm.