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Knife fears grow after new West Norfolk attack

A West Norfolk mother, whose son was threatened with a knife, has voiced concern over a worrying trend in light of another incident.

Tanya Kidman’s 17-year-old son Tyler was approached by a masked man carrying a knife on the Lynnsport path at the end of October.

And she said she “could not imagine what the parents are going through” after a 14-year-old girl was threatened with a kitchen knife in Narborough on Thursday evening.

Two separate knife attacks on teenagers have occurred within the space of a month in West Norfolk
Two separate knife attacks on teenagers have occurred within the space of a month in West Norfolk

The mother of the girl, who does not wish to be named, said her daughter has had her confidence “completely knocked” after the incident occurred at Skippers Meadow around 6.30pm.

The mother said: “She is a girl at school with her life ahead of her, she is doing really well, but that could all fall apart because of this.

“She is the sort of girl who normally really likes going to school, and she is not using it as an excuse to miss it.

“She is really jumpy because although she was not harmed, it could have been that easy to be harmed so it’s the mental trauma of that.

"It was a kitchen knife he had which you can pick up anywhere or from a kitchen drawer.

"One of things which concerned me is the police never took an address or any details. They took her name and age and that was it."

Police have so far been unable to identify the culprit, as was the case with Tyler, which has had to be dropped.

Mrs Kidman said: “I think some people believe they can get away with it which gives them more encouragement to do it again.

“He [Tyler] still talks about it; he’s trying to put it behind him but there’s always that worry it could happen again. It's getting worse.”

A Norfolk Police spokeswoman confirmed “all lines of information had been exhausted” for Tyler’s case.

The spokeswoman also said there is no update on the Narborough case after previously stating the police were in the early stages of their investigation.

The 14-year-old's mother had previously said the suspect was in his late 20s, about 5ft 10ins tall and with dark coloured hair. He was also believed to be wearing a black unzipped jacket with a grey hoodie underneath.

Anyone with any information should contact the police on 101.

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