A 'lovely' teenage boy who was stabbed in the street in Cheshire initially thought he had been punched a family friend has claimed today.
It comes as locals speak of their shock following the "appalling" attack in a "quiet" part of Wilmslow.
Another boy, also 14, from Stockport, is currently being quizzed by detectives after being arrested in connection with the alleged attack.
The victim was last rushed to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital for treatment where it has been claimed he underwent surgery.
He has now been discharged from the hospital Cheshire Police confirmed in an update this afternoon.
However a woman, said to be a friend of the boy's family today told the Manchester Evening News: "He thought he had been punched at first, but then he looked down and there was blood pouring out.
"He had surgery last night. The knife only just his missed internal organs apparently.
"He's lucky to be alive.
"He's a lovely lad he really is. His mum is absolutely devastated."
Two police cordons, one on Dean Row Road and another just a few hundred yards away on the Summerfields shopping precinct, were in place last night and early this morning following the incident.
A crime scene investigation team remained in the area into this afternoon with the junction of Dean Row Road and Colshaw Drive taped off by officers as they searched surrounding grass and bushes.
A 14-year-old boy from neighbouring Stockport was subsequently arrested on suspicion of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm (GBH).
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Those living near the scene have today said the “appalling” incident has sent shockwaves through the area.
David Vallance, 74, who lives just off Dean Row Road said: “We just saw the blue flashing lights on the main road.
“It’s a damn sad business.
“It’s something that happens in other but then when it happens right outside your front doorstep it’s completely different, it’s difficult to comprehend.
“Anyone who has young children or relatives will wondering if it’s safe for them to go the shops etc.
“I know if it was my child I would be so very angry.
“You have to wonder if the deterrent for carrying a knife is enough.
Another nearby resident, who did not want to be named, said: “I could see the flashing lights so I came out but they were on the other side of the wall.
“There was lots and lots of activity.
“But it was only today we found out what had happened.
“It’s just very concerning.
“I feel so very sorry for the young man’s family.
“I’m not aware of any significant violence happening here before.
“You do see the odd police car pulling up in streets here and there but other than that it’s normally quite a quiet neighborhood.
“There’s a quote a lot of young people around here but they all we’ve had never had any issues so I am very surprised by it.”
A woman said: “We could see all the flashing lights.
“And then we saw the emergency services initially turn into estate then turn round again.
“I just think it’s appalling.
“They are just children. It’s so shocking.”
Cheshire Police said they were alerted at around 9:30pm by a member of the public who found the injured boy on Dean Row Road.
A man who lives off Colshaw Drive, close to the scene, said: “We just heard the sirens and then saw the flashing lights.
“But all the activity was on the other side of our fence so we couldn’t really see what was happening.
“But there were an awful lot of them.
“I believe that’s where they were tending to him though.”
The Tesco Express store on the shopping precinct, close to one of the police cordons, remained closed for a time for this morning before re-opening locals said.
The owner of another nearby business on the said they received a phone call late last night from officers asking for their CCTV footage but that they said it was simply the ‘aftermath’ of the incident that had occurred on the shopping park.