A 23 year old man has been stabbed in a playing field in Bootle.

Police were called to Carlisle Avenue at 4.50pm on Sunday 26 May, where they found the victim with injuries to his back, chest and hands.

He's in a stable condition in hospital.

Officers believe this to be a targeted attack, and are carrying out an investigation in the area.

It is believed the incident took place on playing fields off Chester Avenue. Credit: Google Earth

This was a shocking incident which happened in broad daylight on public playing fields. Families living in the area should not have put up with incidents like these happening on their doorsteps and I want to reassure them that Merseyside Police is committed to finding the person or people responsible and bringing them to justice.

Detective Inspector Gary Stratton

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.