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Man stabbed in back in Southampton city centre park row

A 53-year-old man was stabbed in the back during an altercation in a Southampton city centre park.

The victim, from the local area, was walking through East Park when he became involved in a row with a stranger on Sunday afternoon.

The attacker then used a sharp implement to stab the man in the lower back, police said.

The man was treated for his injuries at Southampton General Hospital and was later released.

'Motiveless attack'

Following the incident, the attacker ran off through East Park in the direction towards New Road.

Detectives said the attack happened by the exit of Park Walk, near the gates which leads to the park.

Det Con Jonny Hyland said: "This appears to be an unusual set of circumstances which has led to this seemingly motiveless attack."

The offender is described as white, aged about 25 to 30, 5ft 11ins to 6ft tall and of medium to heavy build.

He also had a ginger beard and was wearing a dark tracksuit top and bottoms and a black woolly hat or cap.

Police have appealed for witnesses.

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