Detectives in Dunstable are trying to find a weapon used during a violent assault in the town which left a 39-year- old man with serious slash wounds to his back.
The incident took place on Sunday, August 17 between 1.10am and 1.40am in High Street South, close to the Piri Piri Original takeaway food shop.
The victim was walking towards the town centre when he was struck from behind at least twice by the attacker, who was carrying a large knife.
The injured man suffered large cuts to his back and was take to the Luton & Dunstable Hospital for treatment to his wounds, which needed to be stapled.
While one man has been arrested, charged and remanded in custody for the attack, police officers are still trying to trace the weapon that caused the injuries.
Det Con Mandy Godfree, who is investigating the attack, would like to hear from anyone who may have discovered the discarded knife.
Det Con Godfree said: “This was an extremely violent attack which has left the victim with some very serious injuries and he was lucky not have suffered damage to his kidneys.
“One man has been arrested and charged with this offence and a number of people have already supplied us with witness statements, but as yet we have not located the weapon that was used.
“I would urge anyone who may have found a large knife – believed to have been either a machete or large butcher’s knife – anywhere in Dunstable to get in contact with us.”
If you have information relating to this incident, contact Det Con Godfree, in confidence, on 01582 394443, the non-emergency number 101, or text information to 07786 200011.
Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.
The attack was the latest in a spate of violent crimes in Dunstable town centre in the past month.
Dunstable Today last week reported on two assaults that took place outside bars on the same day and a robbery in the car park of GoBowling in Court Drive in which a 21-year-old man was beaten up by a gang who then stole his motorbike.