Three men are in hospital after being stabbed in the head and body when violence flared at a party in a Sheffield club.
A 29-year-old man, from Burngreave, is in a serious condition after suffering a wound to the left side of his abdomen during the fracas at the SADACCA club on the Wicker near the city centre.
A 19-year-old man, from Pitsmoor, and a 23-year-old, from Norwood, are also in hospital after sustaining several stab wounds to the head.
A fourth man, a 19-year-old from Chapeltown, also received treatment for a slash wound to his face but has now been discharged.
Police were called to the scene at about 3.45am yesterday after being alerted by the ambulance service.
The club and a surrounding area on the Wicker were sealed off by officers to allow forensic examinations to be carried out throughout the morning and into the afternoon.
Detectives investigating the incident were also due to examine CCTV footage from the club.
Police said patrols have also been stepped up in the area.
A 28-year-old man, from Wincobank, has been arrested for possession of a knife and was detained in police cells yesterday.
A worker from the nearby Kebabish restaurant said yesterday: “Something very serious has happened, although we’re not sure exactly what.
“There are police and forensic officers everywhere - examining the area and a car parked up outside. We close at 1.30am and go home so we didn’t see what happened, but it certainly looks like it was serious.”
Detective Inspector Bob Chapman, from South Yorkshire Police, said: “The inquiry is in its initial stages and it is too early to say what sparked this incident.
“We are trying to get a clear picture of what happened and are therefore appealing for anyone at or near the club at around 3.45am on Sunday morning who has information about the incident to contact South Yorkshire Police.”
n Anyone with information should contact police on 0114 220 2020 and quoting incident number 205 of Sunday. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.