Dorset

Lorry driver stabbed in stomach in Dorset lay-by

A lorry driver was stabbed in the stomach in what police have described as an unprovoked attack in Dorset.

The 35-year-old, from Salisbury, was attacked in a lay-by on the B3092 at Walton Elm, near Sturminster Newton, on Monday morning.

He was returning to his blue Mercedes lorry following a break shortly after 10:00 BST when he was stabbed once.

The man was taken to Dorset County Hospital but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

'Lost consciousness'

Officers said the victim noticed another vehicle parked behind his lorry at the time.

He lost consciousness for a short time after being injured.

Officers were unable to issue a description of the attacker but are appealing for witnesses.

Det Insp Stewart Dipple, of Dorset Police, said: "This is an extremely serious assault and we are working hard to establish what the motive may have been and who may have committed such an attack.

"I would like to reassure members of the public that unprovoked assaults such as this - particularly in this area - are incredibly rare and, while the investigation is in its early stages, there is no information or evidence to suggest that theft or robbery was a motive."

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