Man in critical condition after Toxteth stabbing

Forensic officers are filmed gathering evidence after  a stabbing in Liverpool yesterday evening, Saturday 4 March.

At around 10.50pm, emergency services were called to Ritson Street, Toxteth after a report that a man in his 20s had been stabbed.

The suspect was reported to have left the scene.

Officers attended and an ambulance took the victim to hospital for treatment where his condition is described as critical.

An investigation is underway and officers will remain in the area to carry out forensic, CCTV, house-to-house and witness enquiries.

High visibility patrols will also be in the area to reassure the local community.


Riston Street and a segment of Lodge Lane is currently closed while crime scene investigations are carried out. We ask motorists to avoid the area and find alternative routes while we deal with this incident.

Detective Chief Inspector John Fitzgerald said: “Enquiries are in the very early stages to establish what has taken place and the victim’s family have been made aware.

“Lodge Lane would have been busy at the time of this incident, and I would appeal to anyone who was in the area at around 10.30pm onwards and saw what happened to please contact us.

“I would also ask people who were in the area to check dashcam or CCTV footage just in case they may have captured something which may be vital to the case.”

DCI Fitzgerald added: “Reducing knife crime in Merseyside is a priority all year round.

“Our officers are committed in removing anyone who stores, carries and uses weapons through proactive use of stop and search powers, open land searches, warrants and education work alongside partners.


Police are introducing a Section 60 Order in Toxteth today, Sunday 5 March, following a recent incident of violence in the area.

The order runs from 6pm today until 6am tomorrow, Monday 6 March, and extra officers will be in the area to provide a visible presence to prevent crime or serious violence.

The Section 60 Order covers the area bounded in the map and includes Upper Parliament Street to the junction of Mulgrave Street, Princes Avenue, Croxteth Road, Hartington Road to the junction of Smithdown Road, and all roads within this area.

The Order, under S60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, gives officers enhanced stop and search powers to stop individuals in the area (pictured) and is designed to minimise serious violence.

Inspector Matrix Operations Emma Haffenden said: “We’re introducing this Section 60 Order as an extra response and provide us with the powers needed to stop and search people in the area following the stabbing in Ritson Street last night.

“This Order is one of a number of measures we are taking to disrupt those who would assault or use weapons on anyone in the area.

“Such violence and the use of knives and any weapons is reckless and will not be tolerated in Merseyside. Extra officers will be in the area to search any individuals or groups causing such issues, and to provide reassurance to the vast majority of law-abiding people in the community.

“Such action isn’t about bothering anyone going about their daily business or preventing people from meeting with friends. It’s simply about taking action to reduce violence and make sure that everyone can feel safe where they live.

“Patrols have also been stepped up to reassure our residents so if you have any information on any offences in the area please speak with our officers.”

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