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11 January 2018, 13:18 | Updated: 11 January 2018, 13:22
Two teenagers have suffered knife wounds after an argument's broken out near the Marlowes rainbow monument.
Emergency services were called on Tuesday evening between 7.45pm and 8pm after two boys had been stabbed by what is reported to be a kitchen knife.
The first victim, a 17 year-old boy, suffered several stab wounds to his torso and the second victim, a 16 year-old boy, suffered a slash wound to his back.
The offender made off and is believed to have left the area in a taxi.
Paramedics were called and both boys were taken to hospital for treatment. They are both in a stable condition.
It is believed that the victims and the offender are known to each other.
Detective Sergeant Paul Perkins, from the Dacorum Local Crime Unit, said:
“I would like to reassure the community that this type of crime is unusual in Hemel Hempstead, and at this stage we do not believe this was a random attack.
We are doing everything we can to trace the person responsible but we would be very keen to speak to anyone who witnessed what happened and has not yet spoken to us. Equally, if you saw anyone running from the scene or leaving the area in a vehicle, please get in touch.”
If you have any information that may assist the investigation, please contact Hertfordshire Constabulary via the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference D1/18/284, or report information online at www.herts.police.uk/report.
Alternatively, you can contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will never need to go to court.