A man is fighting for his life in hospital following a stabbing in Little Lever which has led to police cordoning off three separate areas, including one in Radcliffe.

Police were called to reports of an ongoing disturbance between a group of men on Booth Road, Little Lever, Bolton at approximately 1pm today, Sunday February 12.

Witnesses reported seeing two men in possession of knives – one of them a Rambo-style hunting knife - fighting with an unknown number of other men.

Officers arrived on the scene to find a man in his 20s who had been stabbed, sustaining serious injuries to his torso and back.

North West Ambulance Service took the man to hospital, where he has been described as having life-threatening injuries.

He is currently in surgery.

The Bolton News: Police at scene in Booth RoadPolice at scene in Booth Road (Image: Newsquest)

Officers have also sealed off the car park of a nearby pub, whilst a vehicle is processed by forensic teams.

A third scene has also been put in place around a property on Kirkstall Gardens in Radcliffe, where a man, who is believed to be one of the suspects, has been detained.

Another vehicle of interest has also been identified at this address.

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The suspect has been taken to hospital for treatment to injuries, which are not considered to be life-threatening or life-changing.

DCI Dean Purtill said: "This is still very much an ongoing investigation in its very early stages but we are confident that this is a targeted incident and the wider community are not at risk.

"However, we are going to be increasing patrols in the area over the next few days, who will be there to support the community as the investigation continues.

"We are also appealing for any witnesses to come forward and contact us at Bolton CID on 0161 856 5757, or via 101 quoting log number 1497 of 12 February 2023.

"Alternatively, contact the independent charity anonymously – Crimestoppers – on 0800 555 111."