Police have now described the injures of the victim in a serious assault yesterday as "life threatening" as one man is arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

A man in his 30s is said to be in Derriford Hospital in a "critical but stable" condition today, after being airlifted there yesterday evening.

It was after emergency services were called to Victoria Road in St Austell at around 7.20pm on Tuesday over reports that a man had been assaulted near to a convenience store in the road.

Devon and Cornwall Police launched a witness appeal this morning to try and trace anyone who saw what happened, who could help with their investigation.

A force spokesperson said: "At around 7.20pm on Tuesday, July 6 a male received significant injuries following an assault near to the convenience store, Victoria Road, St Austell.

"Two males are currently in police custody assisting police with their enquiries."

Now the force has given an update with more information about the incident, as officers carry out house-to-house enquiries and scour CCTV footage.

A spokesperson said: "A man aged in his 30s sustained several life-threatening stab wounds and was airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, where he currently remains in a critical but stable condition.

"A cordon remains in place at the scene and residents can expect to see an increased police presence in the area as enquiries continue.

"Detectives have carried out house-to-house and CCTV enquiries as part of the investigation."

A 43-year-old man from St Austell has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in custody.

A 40-year-old man, also from St Austell, has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and is in police custody.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or has any information, is urged to contact police by calling 101, or emailing 101@dc.police.uk, quoting log number 913 of 6 July 2021.

Information can also be passed anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555111, or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.