VOLUNTEERS from a rescue boat charity detained a man for police, after a 47-year-old was stabbed last night.

The attack happened on Skeldergate, near to the Queens Hotel in York at about 12.10am on Sunday (July 29).

Members of York Rescue Boat detained a 44-year-old suspect at the scene until officers arrived and arrested him, taking him into custody for questioning. The rescue charity patrols on and around the rivers Ouse and Foss in York and was founded after a series of deaths in the city’s rivers in 2014.

The injured man, who is aged 47, was taken to hospital by ambulance for emergency treatment. His injuries are serious but are not thought to be life-threatening.

A police cordon was put in place at the scene while forensic and other police enquiries were carried out.

The suspected weapon used in the incident, a sharp implement rather than a knife, has been recovered as part of the ongoing investigation.

Early enquiries indicate the two men were known to each other but officers say they are are keeping an open mind.

Witnesses or anyone with information that could assist the investigation are urged to call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for the York Serious Crime Team.

Or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Please quote reference number 12180138640 when providing details about this incident.