Page last updated at 12:37 GMT, Monday, 19 May 2008 13:37 UK

Man stabbed in abuse altercation

A man has been stabbed in an altercation in Nottingham after two Asian girls were verbally abused.

Police said the 27-year-old got on the number 48 bus on Sunday afternoon and began abusing two female passengers and then arguing with another man.

Both men got off at the Silverdale bus stop and a fight ensued in an alleyway leading to the Clifton Bridge Inn.

The 27-year-old was stabbed but his injuries are not serious. A 51-year-old man was arrested and released on bail.

'Vital witnesses'

Police said the victim got on the bus travelling from Broadmarsh Centre to Clifton, went to the upper deck and then began to harass the two girls.

Police have appealed for the girls to come forward.

A police spokesperson said: "We need to speak to the two young girls, who are both Asian, that moved from the upper deck of the bus after being intimidated and verbally abused. They are vital witnesses to this investigation.

"We also want to speak to anyone else on the bus who saw or heard what happened. If anyone witnessed the fight in the alleyway, we would ask them to also contact the police."

The stab victim was treated for an injury to his chest but later discharged himself from hospital.

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