A MAN was stabbed in the back and hit on the head with a baseball bat.

Police were called after the victim was attacked from behind while sitting on a bench in Colne Road, Brierfield, near the war memorial at around 4pm on Thursday, January 9.

The man was taken to hospital and is recovering.

Officers have arrested a man in connection to the attack.

However detectives are keen to speak to two people, a man and a woman, who are believed to have witnessed the attack.

Det Sgt Sarah Hargreaves said: “We are investigating after a man suffered serious injuries following an incident in Brierfield.

“We believe the victim was sat on a bench when he was attacked, suffering several stab wounds.

“We are appealing for information and are keen to speak to a man and woman, stood at the bus stop opposite the Co-Op shop, who are believed to have seen what happened.

“If this was you, please come forward as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 01282 472244 or email 3452@lancashire.pnn.police.uk quoting log 1021 of January 9.

A 26-year-old man from Nelson was arrested on suspicion of assault and bailed to February 4.