Boys charged over Edlington attack - PICTURE SPECIAL

TWO boys have been charged with attempted murder and robbery following an attack on two youngsters in Edlington, Doncaster, which left one fighting for life.

Chris Hartley, head of the Crown Court Unit at the Crown Prosecution Service, this afternoon announced that following three days of questioning the CPS had given police authorisation to charge the boys.

The first, aged 10, has been charged with two counts of attempted murder and two counts of robbery - one against each youngster. The second boy, 11, is charged with the same offences.

Mr Hartley said: "South Yorkshire CPS has been advising the police during the last few days as their investigations continued.

"We have now authorised the police to charge a boy aged 10 and a boy aged 11.

"Each boy will be charged with an offence of attempted murder of each victim, and each boy will also be charged with an offence of robbery against each victim.

"This gives a total for four charges for each boy.

"One of the victims remains in hospital and it is hoped they will both make good progress."

The boys, who cannot be identified, were due to appear in youth court in Doncaster this afternoon.

Earlier the families of the two injured youngsters expressed their gratitude to the local community for its assistance.

The parents of the 11-year-old said: "We would like to thank all the community for their help in finding our son and for all their continued support through what is a very traumatic time.

"We are hoping our son will continue to recover from his ordeal."

Police said the parents of the nine-year-old boy wished to express similar thanks to the community for its help and support.

The 11-year-old was today said to be 'stable' and improving in Sheffield Children's Hospital. The nine-year-old, who was taken to the Doncaster Royal Infirmary, was expected to have a further operation on his arm today.

Police were called to the Brick Ponds area of Edlington at about 2.20pm on Saturday after the nine-year-old was spotted by a member of the public in Auburn Street. He was taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary where he had an operation on his arm.

Further inquiries led the police to the bottom of a slope where the 11-year-old was found. He was airlifted to the Sheffield Children's Hospital and put in intensive care.

This morning police continued house-to-house inquiries in the area.