New England police appeal for help after man stabbed on bike track near O'Dell Street, Armidale

A MAN has been stabbed in the stomach after an armed trio tried to rob him in broad daylight in Armidale.

The 34-year-old man was walking with a woman along the bike track in the parklands near O’Dell St about 5.30pm on Tuesday.

“They were confronted by three young offenders, one armed with a knife and another with a golf club,” New England Detective Inspector Ann Joy told Fairfax Media.

“They demanded money and after a short altercation, the male victim sustained a small wound to the abdomen.”

Police said the armed trio, believed to be about 14 to 16 years old, ran off towards Butler St.

The victim was treated by paramedics and taken to Armidale hospital where he was treated by doctors.

Police said he had since been released. The woman was not injured and police said the trio fled empty handed.

“A crime scene was established and an extensive canvass and search of the area was conducted,” Detective Inspector Joy said.

“Any incident where a person has armed themselves with a knife has the potential to escalate into something resulting in a severe injury.

Anytime there is a situation where we have offenders arming themselves with a knife is a concern.”

Detective Inspector Ann Joy

“And anytime there is a situation where we have offenders arming themselves with a knife is a concern.”

Now, detectives are hunting the offenders.

“The offenders are described as being of Aboriginal in appearance and aged 14 to 16 years old,” Detective Inspector Joy said.

“They had their faces partially covered during the commission of the offence.

“One is described as having dark curly hair and they are varying in build from thin to medium and were all wearing dark clothing.”

Anyone with information or who saw three teenagers acting suspiciously in the area on Tuesday is being urged to contact Armidale police on 6771 0699.