Three teenage boys have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a stabbing outside a shopping centre in Harrogate.
North Yorkshire Police said the suspects, aged 13, 15 and 16, are currently being questioned over the attack on January 3.
Officers were called to the Victoria Shopping Centre in Harrogate at about 4.40am.
The victim, in his 30s, was said to have been seriously hurt in the attack and was found with cuts to his face, back and leg - although his injuries are not life-threatening.
We have stepped up patrols in Harrogate after a man was seriously injured in the early hours of today. Three suspects have been arrested, and enquiries are ongoing into the incident. Here are some more details: https://t.co/S7rXielIXI (1/2)— North Yorkshire Police (@NYorksPolice) January 3, 2020
The teenagers were arrested nearby a short time later.
Two boys, aged 15 and 16, were stopped and arrested on Skipton Road at 05:20. A third boy, 13, was arrested a few minutes later.
Witnesses and anyone with information about the attack is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police.
Superintendent Steve Thomas, Harrogate Commander, told The York Press: "This is clearly an extremely serious incident, and residents will naturally feel concerned about what has happened.
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“However, incidents like this are very rare in our town. Thanks to a fast response local officers last night, three suspects have been arrested, and a police investigation is well underway.
Superintendent Thomas added: " You can expect to see increased patrols in the town centre in the coming days - officers from the Neighbourhood Policing Team will be in the area to provide extra reassurance to residents and businesses.
"Please do speak to them if you have any concerns. It goes without saying that the carrying of knives and other weapons is unacceptable and these additional patrols will be using appropriate stop and search powers to ensure anyone found in possession of weapons is arrested and put before the courts."