FOUR people were arrested after a teenager was stabbed in the neck near a Sunderland University building.
The 16-year-old boy was found outside the Murray Library in Chester Road, Sunderland, at 10.30pm on Saturday, with what police say is a small stab wound to his neck.
He was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital to receive treatment for his injury, which is not thought to be life threatening.
Police investigating the stabbing cordoned off a bridge over nearby Metro lines and an underpass leading to Sunderland city centre.
Two men and two teenagers were arrested - a 22-year-old man on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and a 25-year-old man, a boy aged 14 and girl aged 17 for affray.
The Murray Library is open 24-hours-a-day and is thought to have been busy at the time.
A university worker, who did not want to be named, said: “I’ve heard there was a lot of kerfuffle outside, which the students heard, then it all went really quiet.
“There was police tape down by the underpass, so I don’t know if the lad went down there or if the police were there looking for a knife.”
It is not known if the weapon used in the attack has been found.
Northumbria Police say officers are continuing their inquiries in the area and offering reassurance to the local community.
Anyone who has any information or is able to help police is asked to contact officers on 101, quoting log number 1242 of 10/05/14, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.