AN 18-YEAR-OLD man was stabbed in the head and back in what police believe was a "targeted attack".

The man has been taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries, which are not believed to be life-threatening.

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Police are appealing for information after the stabbing which took place on Elephant Lane in Thatto Heath this afternoon (Thursday, September 19).

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Police gather evidence at the scene

Emergency services attended after police received a report at around midday that an 18-year-old had been stabbed by another man to the head and back.

The offender is described as small in height, with blond hair and wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a green and grey top. It is believed he left on foot with a woman described as small in height, with blonde curly hair and wearing a grey jacket.

Enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances and patrols remain in the area.

Residents reported their shock at the incident after seeing the police presence on the road since early this afternoon. 

"I've seen the police here since around midday. I heard someone has been stabbed. It's shocking, awful." 

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Detective Inspector Tony O'Brien said: “The investigation is in its very early stages although at this stage, it is believed to be a targeted attack. I would ask anyone with information on this incident, which occurred in a busy area in broad daylight, to please contact us.

“You may have witnessed the incident, people making off from the scene, or have CCTV or dashcam footage from Elephant Lane or the surrounding areas and I would urge anyone with information to please get in touch.

“To use a knife is simply reckless and can result in fatal consequences. Anyone who carries a weapon in public risks ruining not only the life of their victim, but their own life too.”