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Police find Kaitaia stabbing knife

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 19/07/2016

Police have found the knife they believed was used to stab a man in the stomach in the Far North.

The man was stabbed during a fight on Tuesday afternoon and police say the offender may have earlier been trying to break into a vehicle in the Kaitaia township.

The 22-year-old victim was flown to Whangarei Hospital and after surgery was in a serious but stable condition.

He will be in hospital for some time, a police spokeswoman says.

Reports suggested the offender had been trying to break into a vehicle when he was interrupted. He then ran through a number of Mathews Avenue properties knocking on doors before attacking the 22-year-old.

It appeared they did not know each other.

Police have now released a photo of the man they are looking for and asking for information on sightings of him.

They say he should not be approached.

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