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FORMBY STABBING: Police plead for witnesses following beach knife attack

FORMBY STABBING: Police plead for witnesses following beach knife attack

Image from Merseyside Police. Pictured : Dispersal Zone


Detectives investigating the stabbing of three males in Formby on Sunday 30 May are re-appealing for witnesses to come forward.

At around 7.10pm, emergency services were called to Formby Beach to reports that three men had been stabbed.

The victims - two men aged 20 and a male aged 16 - were taken to hospital for treatment. One of the victims, a 20-year-old man, is in a critical but stable condition. The conditions of the two other victims are described as serious but not life-threatening.

Detective Superintendent with Merseyside Police,  Mark Baker,  said: "We believe that this was an unprovoked attack.

"Last night, officers spoke to a large number of people who were leaving the beach to gather vital intelligence. Every piece of information we are given is vital to our investigation, so I'd like to ask anyone who saw what happened to come forward as soon as possible.

"We understand that this shocking event will cause considerable distress to the community in Sefton, and we are working around the clock to identify who was responsible and bring them to justice.

"After many difficult months, it was good to see people out enjoying themselves at the beach yesterday. The fact that three young people have been attacked in this way is truly shocking and disappointing, and our officers will be increasing patrols in the area over the coming days and weeks."

Officers in Formby introduced a Dispersal Zone on Monday 31 May following the incident.

It came into place at 4pm on Monday and runs until 4pm on Wednesday 2 June.

The order came under Section 35 of the Anti-Social Behaviour & Policing Act 2014, which gives police officers and police community support traffic officers powers to direct people they suspect are causing or likely to cause crime, nuisance or anti-social behaviour to members of the public to leave a designated area and not return for up to 48 hours.

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