A MAN was stabbed in the back and hit on the head with a baseball bat.

Police were called after the victim was attacked from behind while sitting on a bench in Colne Road, Brierfield, near the war memorial at around 4pm on Thursday, January 9.

The man was taken to hospital and is recovering.

Officers have arrested a man in connection to the attack.

However detectives are keen to speak to two people, a man and a woman, who are believed to have witnessed the attack.

Det Sgt Sarah Hargreaves said: “We are investigating after a man suffered serious injuries following an incident in Brierfield.

“We believe the victim was sat on a bench when he was attacked, suffering several stab wounds.

“We are appealing for information and are keen to speak to a man and woman, stood at the bus stop opposite the Co-Op shop, who are believed to have seen what happened.

“If this was you, please come forward as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 01282 472244 or email [email protected] quoting log 1021 of January 9.

A 26-year-old man from Nelson was arrested on suspicion of assault and bailed to February 4.