Festival-goer slashed across face and neck

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A festival-goer was left needing 27 stitches after being slashed across the face and neck at a St Helens park.

Emergency crews were called to the Reminisce music festival tent in Sherdley Park at about 10.30pm on Saturday (September 13) after a 32-year-old man was assaulted.

The victim had suffered a cut to his face and neck after being slashed from behind with what police described as “a sharp instrument”.

He was taken to hospital - where he needed 27 stitches to seal the wound - and has since been discharged. His injuries could have been even more serious.

Detectives are now appealing for fellow festival-goers who may have witnessed the incident or seen something suspicious to come forward.

They believe “lots of people” could help them with their inquiries and yesterday described the investigation as “ongoing”.

DCI Paul Unsworth said: “This was a serious attack and the victim needed 27 stitches to close the wound.

“At this stage we believe the victim was approached from behind by the offender and assaulted. The assault occurred inside the central white tent.

“This type of behaviour will not be tolerated and I would like to reassure the community that we will do everything possible to identify the person responsible.

“The incident took place during the music festival being held in the park and it is likely lots of people saw the incident or have some really important information for our inquiries.”

Anyone with information can call St Helens CID on 0151 777 6804 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.