Appeal - serious assault - Dunluce Street, Kirkdale

Update: 17.6.14

A 36-year-old man from Walton has today been arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent following the assault of a 20-year-old man at the junction of Dunluce Street and County Road last Thursday.

He is currently in custody being interviewed by detectives from St Anne Street CID.

The victim remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

Original release: 13.6.14

Merseyside Police is appealing for information after a man was assaulted in Walton last night, Thursday, 12 June.

Emergency services were called at 7pm to a report a man had been assaulted by a group of men near to the junction of Dunluce Street and County Road.

Police and paramedics attended and found a 20-year-old man with injuries to his torso and head. The man was taken to hospital where he remains in a serious condition.

The offenders are believed to have left the scene in a yellow coloured flat-bed van.

A search of the area is underway and the scene has been cordoned off for examination.

House-to-house enquiries are ongoing.

Detective Inspector Graeme Robson, said: "We are absolutely determined to find these offenders but we need the public's help in piecing together what happened before and after they committed this crime.

"Our enquiries are at an early stage, but we currently believe this was a targeted attack.

"County Road is a busy thoroughfare and I would appeal to anyone who was out and about at this time and think they saw anything that in hindsight seems suspicious, to contact us with that information. I'd also like to reassure people that incidents like this are rare and neighbourhood officers will be patrolling this area.

"We take incidents of this nature extremely seriously and we are appealing to anyone with any information about the people responsible for this attack to call us so we can take action against them."

An investigation into the full circumstances of the incident is ongoing and CCTV is being sought from the area.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police on 0151 777 4065 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.