Detectives investigating a stabbing which saw three men airlifted to hospital remain at the scene on Formby beach this Bank Holiday Monday.
A police cordon is in place along a section of the beach this morning after officers were called to reports that three men had been stabbed at around 7.10pm on Sunday.
The beach is open to the public today, May 31, and the car parks are said to be filling up fast on what had been forecast to be another sunny day – although it began with cloudy conditions.
A witness told the ECHO that a man was attacked with an axe and a samurai sword during a fight at the National Trust site last night.
He said: "The lad who was losing the fight pulled out an axe and hit the other lad with it. His mate then pulled out a samurai sword and used that too. It was bad."
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There was a heavy police presence in the area following the incident including on Victoria Road, known as 'Millionaire's Row', due to the amount of millionaires and Premier League footballers that live there.
Detectives investigating the incidents believe they are linked but are "keeping an open mind as to the motives behind them."
Detective Superintendent Mark Baker said yesterday evening: "At this early stage we believe that these incidents are linked, but are keeping an open mind as to the motives behind them.
"However, we know the community of Formby and beyond will be alarmed to hear about what has happened and will share our determination to find those responsible and remove them from the streets. Officers remain at the scene and are available to support any residents looking for information or support.
"I know that there were a number of people on the beach this evening, and I'd like to urge anyone who saw what happened to come forward and help us to identify the offender as soon as possible.
"It is appalling and sad that on a sunny day like today when people have been out enjoying themselves we are patrolling our beaches after such a horrific incident. Knife crime has no place whatsoever in our communities and we're doing everything we can to bring the offender to justice."
"You can pass information via Merseyside Police's social media desk @MerPolCC on Twitter or 'Merseyside Police Contact Centre' on Facebook with reference 978 of 30/05. You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their online form here.