Police investigate Northumberland knife attack

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Police are appealing for witnesses following an assault in Berwick.

It happened between 2.40am and 2.58am in the early hours of Sunday, December 20.

A 24-year-old man was walking along the Royal Tweed Bridge when he was attacked by a man who slashed him across the face with what is believed to be a Stanley knife before making off the from the scene.

The injured man was taken by ambulance to Cramlington Hospital and later released following treatment.

Superintendent Peter Bent, of Northern Area Command, said: “ We take incidents of knife crime very seriously and are appealing for witnesses to this assault. We want to hear from anyone who was in this area at the relevant time and who may have seen or heard anything to come forward.

“We also want to take this opportunity to remind people of the dangers of carrying knives. People who carry knives or other blades put the lives of others in danger and also put themselves at risk of being hurt. If you carry a knife, you have the option to use it and remember that it is a criminal offence to carry a weapon.

“Officers will take action against people found carrying knives and we want to make it clear they could potentially find themselves jailed if they are caught in possession of one. Our message is clear, don’t put yourself in this position, don’t carry a knife.”

Police are carrying out enquiries in the area and additional officers are on patrol to reassure the community.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, quoting log number 189 of 20/12/15 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.