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Three arrested over stabbing of van owner in Gateshead

Three men have been arrested after a man was stabbed as he confronted thieves breaking into his van in Gateshead, police said.

David Mullen, 43, suffered "potentially life threatening injuries" in the stabbing, which happened at 0217 BST on Saturday in Selkirk Crescent, Birtley.

Northumbria Police said two 23-year-olds and a 21-year-old were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

The victim suffered multiple stab wounds to his torso.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said the stabbing happened as he tried to apprehend three people who were breaking into his Ford Escort van.

Mr Mullen was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead, where his condition is critical but stable.

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