A 45-YEAR-OLD Warrington man is in a serious but stable condition in hospital after being stabbed during an incident in Crosby.

The victim, who suffered several deep lacerations to his head, upper body and legs, was driving a silver Ford Transit van when his vehicle was driven at by several men in a white BMW.

The group then got out of their vehicle and assaulted him with what Merseyside police believe was a large knife in a ‘targeted attack’.

The victim's attackers then fled before he sought help in nearby pub The Edinburgh.

His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Police say extensive enquiries are being carried out in the area and both a section of Jubilee Road in Crosby and the pub have been cordoned off for forensic examination.

Two vehicles have also been recovered by officers after a Transit van was found abandoned in Coronation Road and a white BMW was found in nearby Netherton.

Detective Inspector Rob Hill from Sefton CID said: "We believe this was a targeted attack against this man and one of our many lines of enquiry is to establish how he came to be in this area tonight.

“We believe he was attacked by at least three other men who used their car to damage his van before attacking him with a large knife or other sharp weapon.

“A large scale investigation is underway to find his attackers and bring them to justice.

“This man has suffered extremely serious, but thankfully not life-threatening, injuries and we are doing everything possible to catch the people responsible.”

Anyone with information should call Sefton CID on 0151 777 3059 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.