Two arrests after man stabbed at Thornton Manor function

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Image caption A 24-year-old man was assaulted during a fight at a function at Thornton Manor

Two men have been arrested after a man was stabbed during a fight at a popular Wirral wedding venue.

The 24-year-old man was injured during the altercation involving guests at what police described as a "large scale function" at Thornton Manor.

Staff found the man in the garden with what appeared to be a stab wound to his abdomen, Merseyside Police said.

He was taken to hospital for treatment and his condition is described as stable.

Two men, aged 25 and 26, were later arrested on suspicion of assault and are being questioned by detectives.

Guests 'left'

Det Insp Paul Parry said he believes a "large number of people" may have witnessed what happened before - and during - the fight, which happened at about 22:50 BST on Sunday.

"Many of those people had already left the venue when patrols arrived and we are keen to speak to anyone who thinks they might have seen something or think they can help with our enquiries," he said.

The Grade II-listed manor in the village of Thornton Hough is a popular wedding venue and has hosted celebrity events.

In 2001, it entered the record books after most of its contents were sold for more than £9m.

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