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NEC Group defends security after stabbing

16-year-old schoolboy taken to hospital with single stab wound to leg following incident at NEC

Pictured: A 16-year-old schoolboy was taken to hospital with leg wound following incident at NEC

The NEC Group has defended its security measures after a 16-year-old schoolboy was stabbed during an NEC trade show.

The boy was reportedly stabbed during the 2016 UK Construction Week event at Hall 4 of the National Exhibition Centre at around 12.20pm on Wednesday (19 October).

NEC Group said in a statement that the venue conducted random bag searches and its teams remained vigilant at all times.

Police said the 16-year-old schoolboy was taken to hospital after suffering a single stab wound to the leg and that his injuries were not considered to be life-threatening. 

An NEC Group spokesperson said: “Public safety at our events is our priority and we have a number of security measures in place. 

“We don’t discuss specific security details as doing so is potentially detrimental to the security process, but different events and audience profiles adopt different security measures which they manage directly.

“As a venue we conduct random bag searches and our teams - who liaise with the police and event organisers on an on-going basis - are vigilant at all times and review security measures as necessary. 

“We encourage those attending our events to also remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to our security staff or police.”

Two boys, both aged 16, were arrested in relation to the incident; one was released with no further action and the other was bailed pending further enquiries.

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