A MAN has pleaded guilty to attempted murder after stabbing his housemate with a hunting knife at a house in Burnley.

Jonathan Bamber, 33, formerly of Carlton Road, Burnley, was remanded to a secure medical unit after admitting a charge of attempted murder at Preston Crown Court.

Police launched a major investigation after they were called to a house in Carlton Road in Burnley at about 3.30pm on Tuesday, December 11 last year.

On arrival they found a 28-year-old man suffering serious life threatening injuries to his chest, arm and back.

He was taken to hospital where he underwent emergency surgery and he was later released.

Bamber was arrested at the scene and a hunting knife and kitchen knife used in the attack were recovered.

Bamber was subsequently diagnosed as suffering from paranoid schizophrenia.

At the time of the incident he indicated that he believed the victim and others were conspiring against him.

Following the court appearance the senior investigating officer who led the investigation Detective Inspector Paul Withers said: "This is an extremely sad case for everyone involved.

"It is clear that Mr Bamber was suffering from a mental health condition at the time of the attack."