Police continue to appeal for witnesses to East Preston stabbing
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Detectives investigating an assault in East Preston continue to appeal for witnesses.
Officers responded to a report of two men assaulting a man during an altercation in Sea Road about 4pm on Thursday (15 April).
The victim - a 20-year-old man - suffered a stab wound to the abdomen and was airlifted to hospital. His injury was initially thought to be life-threatening but thankfully he is now in a stable condition.
Enquiries to locate the two suspects are ongoing.
Detective Inspector Kim May said: "Our investigation is progressing quickly as our teams are working around the clock to establish the circumstances of this incident and identify the two suspects.
"We continue to appeal to anyone who saw what happened or any suspicious behaviour in the area such as two suspects running away.
"Please be assured that this event is being treated as isolated and not linked to any other incident. There is nothing at this stage to suggest that there is any threat to the wider community.
"Local residents can expect to see an increased high-visibility police presence and proactive patrols in the coming days. We would like to thank them for their understanding while our investigation is ongoing."
District Commander, Chief Inspector Jon Carter added: "We understand that this incident may cause concern and we would like to assure the public that this matter is being investigated as a priority.
"Violence will absolutely not be tolerated and we are committed to taking robust action against those who cause harm and keeping the local community safe."
Anyone with any information, or who witnessed anything suspicious in the area, can report it online or call 101, quoting Operation Treble.
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.