A teenager was jailed for over seven years in the wake of a Thames Ditton stabbing which took place in January.

The 15-year-old, who was 14 at the time of the offence, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm, handling stolen goods and possession of a bladed article.

On Monday (June 3) at Kingston Crown Court he was sentenced to six years and eight months for the offence, which took place following an altercation in Hinchley Wood on a bridge over train tracks in Woodfield Road around 8.34pm.

The boy received a further year's jail sentence after being involved in more violence in prison.

According to Surrey Police, the judge who handed down the sentence "described him as a knife wielding youth who played a leading role in the attack and a significant risk to the public."

The attack on January 12 nearly resulted in the death of the 16-year-old, who suffered severe physical and mental impacts on his life as a result of the trauma.

In his impact statement, the stabbing victim wrote: "It certainly feels at the minute like (my life has) been ruined. It’s affecting me going out with my friends which I do on a daily basis.

"I am worried about walking down the street on my own and if there will be any reprisals as I don’t know these people that set upon me.

"I have never had any trouble in Hinchley Wood, this is a route I have walked about 100 times and never did I think that someone in that area would be carrying a knife as it’s a nice area.

The teenager who was stabbed added that his family had also suffered following the stabbing.

As the the Comet reported in January, the stabbing victim was taken into intensive care for a time before his condition improved.

"Not only has this affected me, I would say it’s affected my whole family.

"My mum has been very tired and upset since this happened and to have the police turn up at your house to be informed that your son has been stabbed must have been horrible for her. She has had to take time off work since this to care for me.

"My brother and sister feel scared as they are too young to understand what has happened or what might happen in the future," he said.

"I am hoping that in time I will be able to put all of this to the back of my mind and move on with my life but at the minute that is difficult when it’s all still fresh," the teenager added.

Despite Monday's sentencing, Surrey Police said that the case remains ongoing.

Six other arrests were made in connection to the stabbing.

A 16-year-old and a 15-year-old have been told they face no further action, while two 14-year-olds and two 15-year-olds remain under investigation.

Detective Inspector Dee Fielding said that she hoped Monday's ruling would help the victim move on.

"The victim suffered horrific injuries and, given his teenage years, it will have had a profound mental effect on him.

"I hope this sentence helps him move on with his life in a positive manner," DI Fielding said.

Inspector Dallas McDermott, the Borough Commander for Elmbridge, meanwhile offered praise for the community regarding their help with the investigation and their immediate reaction to the stabbing.

"We would like to thank the local community for all their support and assistance in helping us to tackle this issue.

"As a result of this attack, we deployed extra officers to the area and worked hard to deter anyone with criminal intentions from entering the area.

"The incident in January caused concern for a number of residents and I hope this sentence will reassure them," he said.

Inspector McDermott reiterated that the case was ongoing and urged anyone in the area who might have information on the incident to contact Surrey Police.

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