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Schoolboy, 13, recovering after an attack in Soham

A 13-year-old boy is recovering after he was rushed to hospital following an attack by a teenager in Soham.

On Friday the boy was assaulted by another 13-year-old boy in an alley behind Guntons Close, near Berrycroft.

His injuries were treated at Addenbrooke's Hospital and Cambridgeshire Police have today said he is now recovering.

A 13-year-old boy is recovering after he was attacked by a teenager in Soham.
A 13-year-old boy is recovering after he was attacked by a teenager in Soham.

The 13-year-old attacker was later arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm. He was found after tip-offs from the public.

The boy, who cannot be named because of his age, has been released on bail until February 26.

The incident comes weeks after police reassured Soham's residents they were clamping down on a spate of anti-social behaviour.

At a packed meeting at the Fountain Lane pavilion last month, East Cambridgeshire's police heard resident's concerns and frustrations about the force.

Meeting organiser Mark Goldsack, one of Soham's county councillors, said: "There is a spate of behaviour, criminality and stuff going on in and around Soham that quite frankly is unacceptable."

Residents raised concerns about police numbers, as well as anti-social youths in the town.

Kerry Stevens said her 12-year-old son was attacked by a group of youths late last year.

She said she reported it to the police, but that the response had been slow.

"Can I let him go to the shops again? Last time I let him out to play a game he was attacked on his way home," she said after the meeting.

"It's now like he is being punished by having his freedom taken away."

At the meeting it was revealed there were only four officers on the beat in the whole of

Ms Stevens called on Soham's MP Lucy Frazer to lobby for increased numbers of officers.

At the meeting Sgt Mark Rabel said a series of different crimes were now being investigated together and those involved in bad behaviour were progressing through the system.

And Insp Jill Buckingham said: "Remember that most of your young people in this town are lovely, lovely kids and we are talking about two or three kids, that's all."