POLICE have arrested a man on suspicion of attempted murder following a stabbing incident in a Somerset town at the weekend.

The 30-year-old suspect remains in custody in relation to a disturbance in Weston-super-Mare at about 12.05pm on Saturday (June 27).

A second man, also 30, was also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender following the incident in the Ridgeway Avenue area of the town, but has since been released under investigation.

The victim suffered serious injuries and was given emergency treatment at the scene by police and paramedics. He was transferred to hospital, where he remains in a critical condition.

Detective Chief Inspector James Riccio said: “The victim sustained a number of stab wounds during the incident in the early hours of Saturday and remains in hospital.

“I’d like to pay tribute to those officers at the scene in the immediate aftermath who provided exceptional care to the man in the minutes before paramedics arrived.

“A cordon remains in place around the scene while our investigation continues and there is an increased police presence in the area.

"We understand this does cause disruption but would like to thank the local community for their patience and understanding at this time.

“We’d ask anyone who has information about what happened, however small or insignificant it may seem, to call the Major Crime Investigation Team on 101 and give reference 5220140603.”

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.