A man is in Nelson hospital with stab wounds after an unprovoked attack in the central city.
St John team manager Gary Tobin said an ambulance crew was called to Hardy St, outside Smiths City, about 1.30am yesterday.
A 28-year-old Nelson man had been stabbed multiple times with a blade up to 15 centimetres long, and had injuries to his chest, upper abdomen and left shoulder. He was taken to Nelson Hospital in a serious condition.
Detective Sergeant Mark Kaveney of the Nelson CIB said police believed the man and his partner were assaulted by a group of about three people in a "totally unprovoked attack".
Kaveney said police were still making inquiries and searching for the attackers, who they believed were unknown to the victim. It was an "opportunistic, random incident", and police wanted to hear from any witnesses.
Kaveney said the man's partner was also assaulted but did not suffer any injuries.
"We'd like to get these people as soon as possible."
Nelson Hospital spokeswoman Katherine Rock said the man was in a stable condition in Nelson Hospital this morning.
- The Nelson Mail