Police statement as man fighting for life after Sheffield attack

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A man who has suffered life threatening injuries during an attack in Sheffield had been assaulted, police say.

South Yorkshire Police closed Staniforth Road in Darnall on Saturday evening after receiving reports of an assault. A 22-year-old man is said to have been taken to hospital where he will receive treatment.

It is thought his injuries are life threatening. Police originally said the man had been stabbed but are now trying to clarify whether he was stabbed or attacked.

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Officers are standing guard at the cordon that was erected in Staniforth Road, with motorists urged to avoid the area. The road was closed and it was said at the time to be due to a "police incident."

In a statement, a spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: "We were made aware by the ambulance service today (Saturday 8 June) at 4.36pm to reports of a stabbing on Staniforth Road, in Darnall, Sheffield.

"It is reported that a 22-year-old man sustained a stab wound to his head. He is currently being transported to hospital where his injuries are thought to be life threatening.

"Staniforth Road is currently closed while officers conduct their work. Please avoid the area and plan alternative routes if possible."