A MAN was rushed to hospital with stab wounds after a disturbance behind a block of shops.
Police were called to an altercation between a gang of young men behind St Patrick’s Shops, in Owton Manor Lane, Hartlepool.
The violence then spread to Munro Grove, where a 20-year-old man suffered puncture wounds that are suspected to have been caused by a knife.
He was taken by paramedics to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, where he is said to be in a stable condition.
Three male teenagers have since been arrested in connection with the incident, which took place at around 9.45pm, on Thursday.
Two 17-year-old and an 18-year-old were taken into custody to be quizzed by detectives.
Police are still investigating the matter and say they need help from the public to get to the bottom of what happened during the incident.
Sergeant Gary Cowan, of Hartlepool Police, said: “We received a call of a disturbance in Munro Grove, Hartlepool, at around 9.45pm on Thursday.
“A 20-year old male had received puncture wounds and was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees. His injuries are not life threatening.
“Two 17-year-olds and one 18-year-old are being detained.”
Detective Sergeant Steve Rowland, of Hartlepool CID, added: “We have people in custody but investigations are ongoing.
“We are appealing for more information on this matter as we want to find out what exactly happened during the night.
“We would urge any witnesses or anyone with information about the incident to get in touch.”
Det Sgt Rowland can be contacted on (01642) 302126.