Spalding mum: 'A child's life could have been lost'
A mum says a child's life could have been lost after her daughter's party was gate-crashed and a boy of 16 stabbed.
Teenagers armed with blades the size of a carving knife or bigger turned up at a party in Spalding where a girl of 15 was celebrating her 16th birthday a month early on Saturday night.
Mum Lesa Jeffery said lights in the garden were turned off from the main fuse box and, while in the dark, a guest was "stabbed in the stomach and leg and set upon by four of them".
Police were called at 10.47pm following the disturbance at a home on The Parkway and later confirmed that a boy was "taken to hospital for stab wounds which were not life threatening".
Officers arrested one youngster and their investigation continues. Spalding police inspector Gareth Boxall has since issued a tough warning on the dangers of teenagers carrying knives.
Mrs Jeffery is speaking out so other parents can be on their guard whether they are holding a party themselves - or allowing their children to go to parties elsewhere.
The mum of three has set up a Facebook group - called PARENTS OF SPALDING - and describes on there how "a group of 15/16-year-olds" wrecked her daughter's party.
She said there were around eight adults supervising the party and everything was fine until a group arrived uninvited at 10pm.
"We were told that they were from Wisbech and that they were trouble," she said. "We immediately started to look for them so we could remove them from our property."
"a calculated, planned attack"
The mum described the incident in which the boy was injured as "a calculated, planned attack".
She said: "We later learned that this group are targeting events being held for this age group and have caused trouble at three other events previously."
Mrs Jeffery told the Spalding Guardian: "It's so sad that you can't have a birthday event for your child in your own home without now having to think 'are they coming with knives?'."
She said the family had expected a few youngsters to turn up without an invitation - and were prepared for that - but they weren't prepared for teenagers with knives.
As a town, and as a community, we need to stand together and we need to stamp this out because, if we don't, we are not protecting our children
"My eyes were well and truly opened on Saturday night," she said. "As a town, and as a community, we need to stand together and we need to stamp this out because, if we don't, we are not protecting our children. As a community we need to talk, we need to communicate, we all need to be a lot more aware of what is going on because our kids are not safe."
After the party, the family swept up a number of "nox" (nitrous oxide/laughing gas) canisters, which were being used for a "high".
While thetrouble at the party was horrific enough for the family Lesa says on her Facebook group: "It could have been a completely different story at my house on Saturday and we could have lost the life of a child!"
As well as parents talking to one another, Lesa's main advice for anyone staging a party is to "make sure you have plenty of adults and have someone checking who is invited and who isn't".
One parent who joined the Facebook group says her home was trashed.
The parent says: "I can also say that this is a very real threat. My daughter had a party while I and my husband were away one weekend same age group. These horrible folks from Wisbech and several other youths turned up and absolutely trashed our house and took everything they could lay their grubby hands on including all of my sharpest knives. Not to mention the damage which included smashing things from the television to the lamp shades whilst splashing drink over the carpet and walls. The police were called to empty our trashed house of several youths, whilst the rest scaled the back fence leaving a trail of broken glass and destruction behind them."
The mum says it all happened because word went out on social media, and adds: "Warn your kids the trail of destruction, stolen phones, knives and items of value and the endless list of broken stuff and mess of our home was heartbreaking. Lesson learned the hard way."
* A 15-year-old Spalding boy was arrested on suspicion of assault by beating, possession of a knife, wounding with intent and theft of a pedal cycle and released on bail pending further enquiries.
He was also later charged with assaulting an emergency worker and criminal damage.
Anyone with information to help the police investigation can contact police in the following ways:
* Via 101 quoting incident number 527 of 7 September
* Via the email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting incident number 527 of 7 September in the subject line
* By calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111