A man is in a serious but stable condition after being allegedly slashed during a confrontation in Lake Macquarie earlier today.
About 2am on Thursday 31 December, police have been told three males – aged 21, 23 and 26 – were outside a home on Faucett Street, Blackalls Park, when an argument occurred between them.
Officers will claim in court the youngest man slashed the oldest man’s right arm with a large knife, causing a deep laceration.
The 26-year-old was driven by a friend to Toronto Private Hospital before being transported to John Hunter Hospital for surgery.
Hospital staff alerted police and officers attached to Lake Macquarie Police District attended.
A crime scene has been established.
Both the 21-year-old and 23-year-old men were arrested at the scene and taken to Toronto Police Station.
The younger male was charged with wound person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
The Blackalls Park man was refused bail to appear at Toronto Local Court tomorrow (Friday 1 January).
The 23-year-old has been released pending further inquiries.
Investigations remain ongoing, according to Lake Macquarie Police District.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au
Hunter police are now preparing for a busy time on New Year’s Eve following a number of incidents over the past 48 hours in the region.
And, earlier this week, Port Stephens-Hunter Police District Commander Superintendent Chad Gillies encouraged residents to enjoy celebrations from home.
His plea came as NSW Police announced a high-visibility policing operation would be in place on Thursday 31 December and Friday 1 January to ensure the safety of the community.
“Officers are focusing on public safety, alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour,” he said.
“Although this year’s celebrations look very different to previous events, we still want everyone to see out 2020 safely and have a memorable start to 2021.
“We are urging residents to stay local and celebrate at home this year, ensuring the Public Health Order guidelines for gatherings are followed.
“For those who do go out and about, expect to see plenty of police officers.
“We have zero tolerance for dangerous, criminal or anti-social behaviour, so anyone caught putting other people’s lives at risk, or spoiling the fun for others, will be dealt with swiftly.
“Our best advice is to plan ahead how you are getting to and from your selected celebrations – whether it be public transport, pre-arranged transport or organising a designated driver.”