A 10-year-old boy who was slashed across the throat in a horror street attack as his mum watched, says he remembers the knifeman 'laughing'.

The schoolboy was on Belper Street in the Belgrave area of Leicester, at around 5.20pm on Saturday when the attack happened.

The boy is currently recovering in Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre and is in a stable condition.

He has reportedly said he can remember the person who stabbed him was laughing as the attack took place.

The man, described as a light-skinned Asian man, in his mid-20s, around 5ft 10ins and chubby, and who was wearing a brown jacket, is still at large.

The schoolboy was on Belper Street in the Belgrave area of Leicester

Family friend Dharmesh Lakhani told Leicestershire Live : “I’ve seen the wound he’s suffered and he’s lucky to be alive.

“His neck has been slashed and he has been left with quite a deep cut. He told me when I visited him that he remembers the person who did it laughing.

“The wound is that bad, police could have been investigating a murder.

“This guy needs to be caught. People need to know how dangerous he is.

"If he does it again and kills someone, who is going to be responsible?

“It’s important this person is caught so this can’t happen again to anyone else.

The boy was attacked while out with his mum

“I have sent pictures of the wound to the father and he was crying his eyes out. I needed him to know how lucky his son was.”

The boys father has cut short a trip abroad and is reportedly expected back at Heathrow today.

Detective Inspector Tim Lindley said: “This was an act of violence against a young child who was out, in the street, with his mother.

“It happened in a residential area at a time of day when there would have been people about, either on foot or driving through.

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“We need to find who was responsible for injuring this boy.

“If you were in the area of Belper Street between the times of 4.30pm and 6.30pm and saw what happened or a man matching this description we want to hear from you.

“Equally, if you have any dashcam footage or CCTV of the area please get in touch.”

Call police with information on 101.