Police have made another arrest following a stabbing which left a teenager with serious injuries - and officers have been given extra stop and search powers following the attack.

An 18-year-old has been taken into police custody following the arrest of a 49-year-old man yesterday.

Both have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

The Bolton News: Police on scene last night

Officers were called to Abingdon Avenue, Whitefield, yesterday  at just after 5pm and found an 18-year-old was stabbed in his arm. At the time police said he had 'life-threatening injuries'.

A Section 60 has now been authorised while officers investigate.

These temporary additional powers allow police to stop and search anyone in the Sunny Bank, Lilly Hill, Unsworth, Oak Bank, Besses o’ th’ Barn, and Cowlgate Farn areas of Whitefield until 6pm today (29/03/2024).

Detective Superintendent Ben Ewart said: “Although we have made two arrests, our work is far from over and we are working round the clock to investigate thoroughly. A scene will remain in place while detectives gather evidence.

“We believe this was a targeted attack with no wider threat to the public.

The Bolton News:

“There will be a visible increase in police presence throughout the weekend to provide community reassurance. If you have any concerns, officers are happy to speak with you and answer any questions.

“I would like to thank the public for their support as we investigate and encourage anyone with information or footage - including CCTV, doorbell or dashcam footage related to this incident to contact police as a matter of urgency.

“Anyone with information can contact police online through gmp.police.uk, if able, or via 101 quoting log 2566 of 28th. Always dial 999 in an emergency.

“Details can be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”