A man had to be rushed to hospital with chest wounds following a bank holiday ‘knife attack’ in Shirebrook on Monday, following a high street brawl earlier in the day.
The incident happened on Monday evening in the town’s Market Place, where police were called at around 6.40pm to a report of a fight.
When they arrived they found that a 42-year-old man was being treated by paramedics.
Police were remaining tight-lipped about the exact circumstances of the assault as Chad went to press.
But witnesses said that a brawl had broken out between the two men earlier in the day, spilling out onto the street from a bookmakers.
It is understood that one of the pair later returned to the town centre, along with an accomplice, with a knife and carried out the attack.
The victim was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham where he underwent surgery for a chest wound.
Derbyshire police have confirmed that enquiries are continuing to trace two men who officers believe were involved in the assault.
The injured man remains in hospital. Both parties in the initial incident are believed to be of Eastern European origin.
Lee Mander, manager of Jepsons DIY in Shirebrook, who witnessed the earlier altercation, said: “The incident started in the afternoon at about 2 o’clock.
“I was outside having a smoke, and I saw two blokes come tumbling out of the betting shop fighting.
“One of the men head butted the other bloke, who ended up with a huge split down his forehead.”
He added that police attended the first incident but did not think that either men were detained at the time.
Derbyshire police declined to confirm whether the injured man was stabbed but are appealed for witnesses to come forward.
If you have any information, contact Detective Sergeant Ryan Finnegan on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.