Liverpool man 'seriously injured' in crossbow attack

Davidson Road, Old Swan
Image caption The man was attacked in Davidson Road, Old Swan about 17:00 GMT

A man has lost part of his ear and finger and suffered substantial leg injuries when he was shot with a crossbow in Liverpool.

The man, believed to be in his 20s, was attacked in Davidson Road, Old Swan, at about 17:00 GMT on Thursday.

His injuries not thought to be life threatening, police said.

A man aged 22 from Old Swan and a boy aged 16 have been arrested on suspicion of assault. A 38-year-old woman has been arrested for drugs offences.

Forensic examination

Det Ch Insp Phil McEwan said: "This was an horrendous attack which has left a man seriously injured."

He said the man was "subjected to a sustained assault and suffered significant injuries" which included the "partial loss of an ear and finger as well as substantial injuries to his legs, believed to have been caused by a crossbow".

The victim is receiving treatment at Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

Det Ch Insp McEwan added: "We are still working to establish the full circumstances of this incident."

A property remains cordoned off for examination by specialists.

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