POLICE have launched a major investigation after two people were stabbed in Christchurch yesterday (Sunday) afternoon.
The alarm was raised by paramedics who found an injured man and woman in Bargates shortly before 3.30pm suffering stab wounds.
Both victims, who were in their 40s, were taken to hospital for treatment, with the man described as being in a serious condition. The woman’s condition was not thought to have been life-threatening or life-changing.
Police say the pair are known to each other, and no one else is thought to have been involved.
The incident took place at the boarded-up Goose & Timber pub in Barrack Road, where a large number of officers were seen investigating in the afternoon.
The pair were both arrested on suspicion of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent before being taken to hospital.
A force spokesperson said: “Dorset Police received a report at 3.23pm on Sunday 27th September from the ambulance service reporting that a man and woman had been found with injuries in Bargates in Christchurch.
“It was reported that the man and a woman had both sustained stab wounds.
“The pair, both aged in their 40s, are known to each other and it is not believed anyone else was involved in the altercation, which is understood to have occurred in a nearby address.
“Both were arrested on suspicion of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent and taken to hospital for treatment.”
The spokesperson added: “The man is believed to be in a serious condition. The woman’s injury is not believed to be life-changing or life-threatening.”
Those who saw any suspicious activity around the time the incident took place should contact officers on 101, quoting crime reference number 27:228, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.