A man was taken to hospital after being slashed across the face during a "targeted attack" in Kirkby.

Merseyside Police have confirmed that Simonswood Lane was sealed off today after a man was assaulted in the street.

Officers were called to the area at around 1.25pm to reports that the 32 year-old had been assaulted by two men.

He was taken to hospital with a "laceration" to his face which is not believed to be life threatening.

The attackers sped off from the scene in a car immediately after the attack this afternoon.

Detectives remained at the scene for several hours as forensics were seen working inside the cordon.

Police are treating it as a targeted attack
Police are treating it as a targeted attack

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An investigation into the attack is underway which police believe to be targeted.

Detective Inspector Neil Fletcher said: “The investigation is in the very early stages and we are currently following a number of lines of enquiry.

“I would ask anyone who was in the area of Simonswood Lane this afternoon who saw the incident or saw the two males leave the scene immediately afterwards in a car to contact us.

“Incidents like this will not be tolerated and we will do everything in our powers to find the two people responsible and bring them to justice.

“I would urge the local community to come forward with any information, dashcam, CCTV or mobile phone footage they have in order to assist us with our investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to DM @MerPolCC or @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111 quoting log 464 of 9 th May.