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Borth stabbing: Man, 71, attacked while walking dogs

Police in Borth
Image caption The attack is not connected to Borth Wild Animal Kingdom, but the zoo was initially forced to close its lion exhibit

A 71-year-old man is in a serious condition in hospital after being stabbed while walking his dogs.

He was walking in Borth, Ceredigion, when he was assaulted at about 09:50 GMT on Thursday.

The attack happened near Borth Wild Animal Kingdom with the victim airlifted to hospital where he is receiving treatment.

Dyfed-Powys Police said a 21-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

He remains in custody as an investigation is under way.

Police had earlier said the victim was aged 60, but have since issued a correction.

Image caption Police officers have been at the scene

"There has been a heavy police presence in Borth since this morning and officers remain in the village this afternoon to carry out house to house enquiries and establish more information about the attack," said Det Insp Jon Rees.

"We made a swift arrest following the report to us and I would like to reassure the community we are not looking for anyone else at this time."

The senior investigating officer said he understood it was a concerning incident for residents and encouraged them to speak to officers located in the area if they were worried.

Image caption Police have been searching the area

In a post on its Facebook page, Borth Wild Animal Kingdom said that due to a "serious incident on the land adjacent to the zoo, not related to the zoo in any way", a footpath leading to the lions had been cordoned off by the police.

However, it later said the path had been reopened and the zoo was operating as normal.

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