TWO more arrests were made by police in connection with a street attack during which a man was stabbed in the stomach and head.

The 23-year-old victim and his girlfriend were walking along Merton Bank Road, Merton Bank shortly before 4.20am on Saturday, July 11 when a red car pulled up alongside them.

Three men got out and attacked the victim, who suffered stab wounds to the stomach and head.

He was also struck with a pool cue. 

The red saloon car then sped off towards Haresfinch.

The victim was taken to hospital for treatment to non-life threatening injuries.

Following initial investigations a 19-year-old man from Newton-le-Willows was arrested on suspicion of section 18 wounding.

Detectives have revealed he was also held on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug and possession of a psychoactive substance with intent to supply.

In a further statement police revealed they also made two other arrests. A 29-year-old man from Newton-le-Willows and a 17-year-old male from Huyton were questioned on suspicion of section 18 wounding yesterday, Sunday, July 12.

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All three have since been released on conditional bail.

Throughout Saturday morning officers could be seen carrying out forensic investigations on a field off Merton Bank Road, where a cordon was put up.

In a statement police said: “Officers are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen a red saloon car being driven erratically in the area shortly before or after the incident to contact them.

“They would also like to speak to anyone who may have CCTV/dashcam footage that may help with their inquiries.

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An investigation is ongoing and anyone with information can DM @merpol CC, or call 101 quoting reference 0176 of 11 July, or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: