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A mother walking with her son in a pushchair was stabbed in the leg by a teenage boy after she refused to hand over her phone.

Police were called just before 5pm on Friday to reports of a stabbing in Islington, north London.

Christel Stainfield-Bruce, 36, was walking with her three-year-old son in a buggy when the incident happened, she told The Times.

Police say a male suspect aged 14 to 16 approached the victim asking for directions.

After giving him the directions, he asked for her mobile and stabbed her in the back of the leg when she refused to hand it over.

He then fled the scene and the victim was taken to a central London hospital where her injuries were treated. They are not life-threatening or changing.

Ms Stainfield-Bruce told the newspaper: “When I saw his face he didn’t appear menacing, he didn’t have that look. I believe this could have been a gang initiation, you could see him trying to psyche himself up.”

No arrests have been made.

Metropolitan Police said in a statement: “The suspect is described as black male, 5ft 3in, of large build and was wearing dark coloured clothing, including a jacket and a ‘trucker’ style cap at the time of the attack.”

:: Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information is asked to call West Area Command on 101 quoting CAD6063/07JUN, Tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

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