Teenager knifed in park fight: man arrested
A TEENAGER had to undergo surgery after he was stabbed in a Wirral park.
The unnamed victim was left with hand and stomach wounds in the assault which happened at Victoria Park in Tranmere on Monday.
It is understood the 18-year-old victim, described as being local to the area, was involved in a fight rather than it being a random attack.
His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening but police confirmed he had needed surgery.
An 18-year-old man from Birkenhead who was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder was bailed pending further enquiries.
Residents who live opposite the park spoke of their shock at the attack.
One resident of Albany Road which runs alongside the park, a popular spot for dog walkers, said: “It’s really shocked us. It’s normally quiet around here.
“You get the odd scuffle on a Saturday but nothing apart from that.”
Another neighbour said she was shocked but not surprised that someone had been stabbed.
She added: “It’s bad, isn’t it? But not surprising. But I have to admit since they put lights in the park about a year ago there hasn’t been so much trouble.”
A member of staff in the local newsagents said customers had been talking about the teen being stabbed but none of them knew who he was.
Police were called to the scene shortly before 4.30am by the ambulance service.
Paramedics had been called to nearby Baytree Road to treat an 18-year-old local man.
Officers attended and following a search of the area established that the victim had been stabbed during an incident in nearby Victoria Park. Anyone with information is asked to call Birkenhead CID on 0151 777 2265 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.