A TEENAGER was taken to hospital after he was slashed with a meat cleaver in a skate park.
The 16-year-old received a deep cut to his arm at the popular playground close to Morrisons supermarket car park in Whitburn Road, Seaburn.
Initially it was reported to police that the teenager had fallen over.
However, witnesses said they saw another teen of about the same age throw a meat cleaver into nearby bushes.
Detectives believe this may have been used in the incident.
The young victim was taken to hospital where he received treatment. He is now understood to be recovering at home.
Police have launched an investigation and are appeal-ing for witnesses to come forward.
They would also like to speak to a group of girls who saw the weapon being discarded.
Detective Sergeant Dave Wakefield said: “We’re keen to speak to these three girls to find out exactly what they saw and help us with this investigation.
“It’s important we find out what has happened and how he has come about this injury to his arm.”
The officer added: “It’s likely anyone who has been involved in this incident knows each other and we’ll be speaking to those present to find out what has happened.
“There were a lot of people at the skate park at the time and we’ll be liaising with them in due course.”
The suspected attack took place on Friday just before 9.30pm.
Anyone with information is asked to phone police on 03456 043 043, extension 69191, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.