21/10/2008

Police Investigate Fatal Stabbing Of Teen

Police in Liverpool are appealing for information following the fatal stabbing of a 16-year-old boy outside a youth club.

The teenager, identified by police as Joseph Lappin, was with two friends when he was attacked by a group of youths outside Shrewsbury House Youth Club, Langrove Street, Everton at 8.40pm on Monday evening.

The youth, from Old Swan, was taken to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A second boy, aged 17, also from Old Swan, received stab wounds. His condition is not thought to be life threatening.

Detectives investigating the killing have arrested two youths, however they have stressed they are looking for more teenagers in relation to the incident.

According to Merseyside Police, there were between 50 and 70 teenagers in the youth club at the time of the stabbing. They also said they believe a number of those may know who is responsible.

Chief Superintendent Steve Watson, Area Commander for Liverpool North, said: "Sadly, I can confirm that Merseyside Police is investigating the stabbing of a 16-yar-old boy at a youth club in the Everton area last night.

"Our thoughts and sympathy are with his family at this tragic time."

He added: "There were a large number of young people in the youth club at the time of the incident and they are currently helping officers with the investigation.

"We believe that a number of people will know who is responsible. They need to come forward and tell us what they know."

House-to-house inquiries are being carried out by officers and police patrols have been stepped up in the area following the incident.

(JM)

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