Mum, 24, is stabbed in street in front of 5-year-old son as cops hunt knifeman

COPS in Manchester are hunting a knifeman who stabbed a mum in the street as she walked with her five-year-old son.

Detectives says they are treating the "vicious and unprovoked attack" in Withington on Saturday afternoon as attempted murder.

They have now released images of a man they want to speak to in connection with the shocking crime.

Officers revealed they were called to Rudheath Avenue at around 1.30pm following reports of the vicious attack.

A 24-year-old mum was walking with her young son when she was approached by a man with a knife.

He then suddenly stabbed her before running off towards Whitchurch Road, reports the MEN.

Paramedics rushed to the scene and the female victim was taken to hospital for treatment to injuries to her leg.

She remains in hospital in a stable condition.

Her child was assessed medics at the scene and later at hospital but suffered "no visible injuries."

Greater Manchester Police are appealing for witnesses – or anyone with information – to come forward.

Detective Inspector John Robb, from GMP’s City of Manchester district, said: “This was a vicious and unprovoked attack and we are currently treating it as a case of attempted murder.

“I understand that this will cause concern among the local community and residents, but I want to reassure the public that we are doing everything in our powers to trace the man responsible and ensure he is brought to justice.

“I would like to stress to the community that this violent behaviour will not be tolerated and residents shall see an increased police presence in the area whilst officers continue their investigations.

"Please do not hesitate to speak to our officers if you have any concerns or queries.

“If you believe you recognise the man in the image, or if you were near the area at the time and saw something that didn’t seem quite right, please get in touch with police as a matter of urgency.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 0161 856 1420, quoting incident number 1611 of August 29; or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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