DEVON and Cornwall Police detectives are appealing for witnesses and information following an assault in Bampfylde Street in Exeter during the early hours of this morning, Saturday, May 18.

It was reported that at around 2am two people were waiting at a bus stop when they were approached by an unknown suspect and assaulted with a knife.

It was further reported that the suspect had fled but he was located by officers nearby.

A knife was also located and seized at the scene.

The victims, a 22-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man, have been taken to hospital where they are being treated for their injuries, which are described as serious but not life-threatening.

A 31-year-old man from Bristol has been arrested on suspicion of two counts of attempted murder. He remains under police guard in hospital receiving treatment for serious injuries.

Scene guards are in place on Bampfylde Street, Sidwell Street and Western Way as enquiries are ongoing.

Detective Inspector Neil Lloyd said: “We are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or was in the area and have information which could help us to please get in touch.

“While incidents of this nature are rare, it will understandably cause concern in the community. We would like to reassure the public that we are treating this as an isolated matter, and we are not seeking anyone else in relation to it.

“A number of scene guards are in place and there will be a high visibility police presence in the area throughout the day.”

If you witnessed the incident or have any information or dashcam footage that could help with enquiries, please contact police via the force website here or by calling 101, quoting reference 50240119713.

Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at: or by calling freephone 0800 555111.