Man stabbed at Riccarton party

A young Christchurch man was stabbed with a Bowie knife after intervening in a fight at a party thought to have been advertised on Facebook.

Police said the 22-year-old sustained a three centimetre chest wound after a fight broke out in the kitchen of a Blenheim Rd house between 10pm and 12 midnight on Saturday.

It is the fourth incident involving a stabbing in the city this year.

About 60 people were thought to have attended the party, between Division and Matipo streets, which police believe was organised using the social networking website.

Detective Sergeant Mark Reid said the man told police an associate was being assaulted so he went into the kitchen and "got caught up in the malaise".

A Bowie knife is a fighting knife similar to a machete.

The man's stab wound was not life threatening. He was treated in hospital and discharged.

Three friends of the man, aged 18, 20 and 22, received punches to the face and head.

One sustained a black eye and a broken nose. Others had bruising.

A fourth person unrelated to the group was also assaulted, Reid said.

When police arrived at the address, they found the house vacated.

Police want to speak to anyone who was at the party.

Anyone with information should phone Reid on 363-7400.

Other recent stabbing incidents:

On May 18, a clash between two men connected to Christchurch's sex industry ended with a 50-year-old being stabbed multiple times in Manchester St.

On May 5, a 25-year-old and 28-year-old suffered multiple stab wounds during an altercation between two groups on Clare Rd, St Albans.

On February 16, 20-year-old Sam Doyle was stabbed in the head outside a party in Flockton St, St Albans. After his recovery, Doyle called for a law change so police can stop and search people suspected of carrying knives.

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