Police are investigating after two men were stabbed near Cessnock overnight.
About 1.50am (Friday 5 March 2021), emergency services were called to a home on Shalistan Street, Cliftleigh, about 20km north-east of Cessnock, following reports two men were fighting and had been stabbed.
On arrival, police found a man, aged in his 20s, with stab wounds to the chest and head. He was treated at the scene before being taken to John Hunter Hospital. He remains in a stable condition.
Police were told a second man left the scene prior to their arrival.
A short time later, police were notified when the 27-year-old man attended Maitland Hospital suffering stab wounds to the chest and neck.
He was later taken to John Hunter Hospital where he is reported to be in a critical condition.
Officers from Hunter Valley Police District established a crime scene and commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Police are conducting a canvass of the area and appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.