A TEENAGER is in hospital after suffering puncture wounds to his back, believed to have been caused by a knife.

The 16-year-old was involved in an incident in Middlesbrough town centre at about 2.30am on Friday.

Detectives say the boy was approached by two males on Albert Road and suffered non-life threatening wounds.

He is being treated at James Cook University Hospital.

Acting Detective Sergeant Lizzie Stubbs said: “We’re looking for two suspects at the moment. The first is described as a white male, 19-20 years old, with blonde/brown hair and around 5ft 6” tall. He was wearing a black Berghaus jacket and dark jogging bottoms. The second suspect is described as a white male, also 19-20 years old, of large build and around 5ft 10” tall with dark hair and facial hair. He was wearing black shorts and a long, black jacket.

“Fortunately, the victim’s injuries are not believed to be life threatening and he is recovering in hospital.

"Our focus now is to find those responsible for causing his injuries and we’d appeal to anyone with information to contact us.”

Officers would appeal to anyone who may have information regarding those responsible or any witnesses who have not already spoken with police, to come forward and contact Middlesbrough CID on 101, quoting event number 132106.

Independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.