DETECTIVES have launched an investigation after a man was attacked in Topsham.

The incident happened between 8.15pm and 8.30pm on Friday, January 5, on Majorfield Road.

Officers were notified that the victim, a man in his 30s, had gone to meet an individual who was selling a computer.

Having left his vehicle, the victim walked up Majorfield Road when he was approached from behind and stabbed in the arm and hand causing serious injury.

The victim fled the scene and attended the RD&E Hospital where he remains in a stable condition.

Following immediate enquiries, detectives have arrested a 16-year-old male from Exeter on suspicion of GBH with intent.

He has been released on police bail until April 5, pending further enquiries.

Detective Inspector Michelle Westlake said: 'The public can expect to see an increased police presence in the area.

'This incident, while rare, will understandably cause concern in the community.

'Neighbourhood officers have been conducting house-to-house enquiries and have been speaking to concerned members of the public.

'We would like to hear from anyone who was in the area of Majorfield Road, Fore Street or Holman Way around the time of the incident.

'We are specifically interested in speaking to a woman in a long coat as a potential witness who was seen in the area.

'Anyone who has information including CCTV or dashcam footage is asked to contact police quoting 50240004032.'