Staffordshire Police are hunting a man in connection with a stabbing that left three teenagers injured.
The suspect, who detectives believe to be in his 20s, fled the scene following the attack on Ashfields New Road, Newcastle, just after 7pm last night.
The three teenagers, aged between 17 and 19, were taken to hospital for stab-related wounds. Detectives say none of their injuries are life-threatening or life-changing.
It is believed that the teenagers were on their way to a party in Newcastle before being approached by the suspect. An argument reportedly broke out, which resulted in the three teenagers being attacked.
Describing the suspect, Staffordshire Police said: “We want to locate a man described as white, around 6ft tall, wearing a dark tracksuit and dark beanie hat who ran away from the scene.
“It is believed the man has a beard and a local accent and was carrying a rucksack or bag.”
One of the teenagers injured in the attack suffered two stab wounds to his hand.
In response to the incident, Staffordshire Police scrambled firearms officers and a police helicopter to search for the suspect.
Police say a ‘bladed article’ used during the assault has not been traced.
Throughout this morning detectives from Staffordshire Police have been carrying out house-to-house inquiries around Ashfields New Road. They are also seeking CCTV that could have captured the attack and suspect.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, stating incident number 729 of 30 November.