Appeal - serious assault, Seel St Liverpool City Centre

Update as at 2.30pm, Tuesday, 22 April

Merseyside Police can confirm that a 20-year-old man from Toxteth has been arrested today on suspicion of attempted murder following an assault in Liverpool city centre in the early hours of yesterday morning, Monday, 21 April.

He has been taken to a police station on Merseyside where he is being questioned by detectives.

Note - The 30-year-old man who was assaulted remains in a critical condition in hospital.


Original statement

Detectives are appealing for information following a serious assault in Liverpool city centre in the early hours of Monday, 21st April.

At the early stage of the investigation it is believed the assault occured in St Peter's Square off Seel Street at about 4am. At about 4.30am a 30-year-old attended at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital with injuries thought to have been caused by a sharp object. The victim is undergoing surgery and is in a critical condition. 

It is believed the victim was assaulted by a group of men although at this stage the motive is unclear.

A full investigation into the incident is underway. The area around St Peter's Square and Seel Street has been cordoned off whilst officers conduct forensic examinations. Officers are now checking CCTV from the nearby area and patrols have been increased in an effort to identify those responsible

Detective Inspector Andy Ephgrave, said: "This was an extremely serious assault which has left a man in a critical condition.

"This happened in a busy part of the city centre and I understand people may be concerned but I want to reassure them that incidents such as this are, thankfully, rare and we are doing everything we can to bring the people responsible to justice.

"I would appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time and saw the incident or anything suspicious to call police as you might have really important information for our enquiries."

Anyone with information is urged to call Liverpool North CID on 0151 777 4064 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.