Merseyside Police have arrested two males following an incident in St Helens town centre on Sunday afternoon in which three men have been injured.
At about 5.25pm emergency services were called to Liverpool Road, close to the Shere Khan takeaway, to a report that a man had been stabbed. Two further males were found nearby with injuries.
The incident is believed to have happened at the rear of the Phoenix pub, Canal Street.
A significant number of road closures are in place in the area of Cineworld, Aldi and up to the Range to enable officers to forensically examine the scene.
The three victims are now at hospital where they are being treated for their injuries. Two are described as being in a critical condition. The third male’s condition is described as stable.
A 17-year-old male from Rainhill and an 18-year-old man from Liverpool have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
A full investigation has now been launched, house to house enquiries are being carried out and CCTV opportunities are being explored.
Detective Inspector Cath Haggerty said: “This was a shocking incident for the victims.
“I want to make it clear that Merseyside Police will not tolerate the use of knives on our streets and the force is absolutely committed to eradicating knife crime and alongside our partners, we will continue to educate, enforce and act on any information given to us, to make the streets safer.
“We would like to speak to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area of Liverpool Street, Bridge Street or Canal Street at the time of the incident. Any information no matter how small could be crucial to our investigation.”
Anyone with information can call officers on 0151 777 6064 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.