Police are hunting a man who stabbed a 10-year-old boy in the street in Leicester.
The boy, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries, was with his mother on Saturday at around 5.20pm when he was approached by the attacker, who fled the scene.
A member of the public called emergency services and the child was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.
His mother was not injured.
The suspect was described by police as a light-skinned Asian man in his mid-20s, around 5ft 10in tall, of chubby build and who was wearing a brown jacket.
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.”
He added: “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.”
Police have thrown a cordon up around the scene.
Detectives are asking anyone who may have information to call 101 quoting incident 437 of 18 January.