A SENIOR councillor has publicly condemned people who take knives to a public event after the stabbing of a 17-year-old boy last night close to Sherdley Park.

A 17-year-old boy was stabbed in the back on Marshalls Cross Road shortly after 7.30pm yesterday evening as thousands were gathering for the annual Spark in the Park fireworks display.

Families - many with young children - were walking up to the Spark in the Park event at the time.

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Passers-by rushed to his aid and he was treated by paramedics. The injuries are not life-threatening.

Cllr Jeanie Bell, Cabinet Member for Community Safety at St Helens Council took to Twitter to say: "To take a knife to a public event where families and small children are all around is utterly despicable, cowardly and no excuses can be made.

"If you know anything at all then help the police to catch these people, enough is enough."

She then went on to share and lend her support to a campaign calling for tougher sentences for those caught knife, as shared by the family of knife crime victim Daniel Fox, from Thatto Heath, who died after a knife attack in September 2016.

She said: "Please sign this petition to make sure knife crime sentencing is debated in Parliament once it returns."

The petition, which is backed by the families of Daniel Fox and Adam Ellison, had amassed more than 75,000 signatures before it was closed early due to the general election.

For more information about the petition go to petition.parliament.uk/petitions/268766.