Man in critical condition after stabbing during fight in Birkenhead

News from NZ Police
North Shore Police have arrested a 36 year old unemployed man as a result of their investigations into the stabbing of another man in Birkenhead last night.

The man will appear in the North Shore District Court tomorrow charged with common assault under the Crimes Act 1961. He was arrested at an Auckland city address this afternoon. Police have not ruled out further charges being laid.

The 25 year old male victim is in the critical care unit at Auckland hospital. Police enquiries into the circumstances of the life threatening stabbing continue.

Earlier news from NZ Police
North Shore Police are at an address in Birkenhead investigating an incident in which a 25 year old man has received life threatening injuries to his upper right leg.

Police say that at 7.00pm on Thursday an altercation took place between two men on Palmerston Road, Birkenhead.

During the confrontation the male offender stabbed his victim with a large knife. The bloodied victim has been rushed to Auckland hospital by ambulance.

The victim has required surgery for his injuries. He remains in hospital in an induced coma. His condition is stable but it will be some time before Police are able to talk to him.

North Shore CIB investigators have strong leads in their search for the alleged offender. They are interviewing a number of associates in their search to locate the wanted man.

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