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Man is critical after stabbing.

Byline: By Peter Taylor

A man was critically ill in hospital today after the latest stabbing incident in the North East.

Police were alerted by paramedics to the knifing which happened in Blyth at around 10.20pm yesterday.

Officers went to Delaval Terrace where a 26-year-old man was found with stab wounds to his upper body.

He was rushed by ambulance to Wansbeck General Hospital where he was today said to be "critical but stable" in intensive care.

Police made inquiries and quickly identified three male suspects aged 20, 23 and 32.

They were arrested at addresses in the area and were today helping police with their inquiries at Bedlington police station.

The suspects were arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm to the injured man, who is from Blyth.

Two knives were recovered during the investigation and the crime the scene was preserved for a daylight search this morning.

Acting Det Insp Stuart Robinson, of south east Northumberland area command, said: "Door-to-door inquiries are being made in the area today.

"We have recovered certain weapons and the crime scene has been preserved for a further search today."

A spokeswoman for Northumbria police said: "Although Northumbria police acknowledge that incidents such as this heighten the public concern, it is important to note that the majority of incidents involving knives are where the victim and offender are known to each other and random attacks by strangers are rare.

"Knife crime is not as significant a problem in Northumbria Police force than compared with other areas of the United Kingdom."

The incident follows a recent spate of stabbings in the region.

On Tuesday a 50-year-old man was knifed in the chest at a house in Turbinia Gardens, Cochrane Park, Newcastle.

On Saturday Kevin Johnson, 22, was stabbed to death in Pennywell, Sunderland.

A 14-year-old boy was injured in a stabbing on St John Street, Percy Main, North Shields, last Friday

Shane Jackson, 15, was knifed to death at his home in Newcastle on May 15.

On May 2 Mark Smith, 16, suffered fatal knife wounds in Benwell.

And last month Christopher Johnston, 19, of Byker, Newcastle, was also stabbed.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 24, 2007
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