UPDATE Serious Assault Lord Street Southport Police Appeal (Friday 13th December 2013)

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Merseyside Police is appealing for information following a serious assault in Southport in the early hours of Wednesday, 11 December.   A member of the public called the Emergency services at around 5.50am to report that a man was collapsed at a bus stop on Lord Street.

Officers attended and found the man, who is 28-years-old and a Polish national, with stab wounds.   He was taken to hospital where he is now in a stable condition.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Rooney, Sefton CID, said: “I would like to thank people in Southport for the help that they have provided to the investigation so far.   “This was a vicious and seemingly unprovoked assault on the victim.  As this stage, the motive remains unclear, and we are still working to establish the full cirumstances surrounding the incident, although one line of enquiry is that the assault is potentially racially aggravated.

“We believe that the victim was in the Fox & Goose public house in the Cable Street area of Southport in the early hours of Wednesday, when he was befriended by three men.  It’s thought he left with them just after 2am to go to a nearby flat.   “Between two and three hours later – it’s believed there was a disturbance and the victim managed to leave the flat.  He was then assaulted and found some distance away on Lord Street.   “Thankfully, attacks such as this are rare and we are doing everything we can to find the people responsible.

I would appeal to anyone with information which could assist detectives with their investigation to contact Sefton CID on 0151 777 3460 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”   Superintendent Kevin Johnson said, “I would like to take this opportunity to reassure people in Southport, including the town’s Polish community, that we are taking this incident extremely seriously.   “High visibility patrols have been stepped up across the area and officers will be visiting licensed premises over the weekend and speaking to the Polish community.

We are also working with key partner agencies and community groups to make sure we continue to keep people across Merseyside safe.”   “Anyone who has concerns about this incident can call the Southport Neighbourhood Policing team on 0151 777 3446.  People can also report crimes in Polish by calling 0151 777 8903 or by e-mail on [email protected]”   Notes to editors   A 34-year-old man from the Southport area has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the incident.

He has been taken to a police station on Merseyside where he is being questioned.

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