DETECTIVES have named a man they are searching for in relation to a stabbing in Newquay on Monday afternoon.
They are urging anyone who knows the whereabouts of 57-year-old John Bellman to contact them immediately.
A man remains in a serious condition after he was stabbed in the chest inside a premises in the Mount Wise area at around 1.25pm.
The 48-year-old victim, believed to be from St Austell, was treated at Newquay Hospital before being airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.
The weapon used in the attack has not yet been found.
Inspector Dave Meredith said: "Although this is a very serious incident where the victim has sustained puncture wound to the chest, such incidents are very rare in Newquay. CID officers are investigating this incident and extra patrols are being mounted in the local area."
The man's condition has been described as "serious but stable".
Police have raised concerns for the welfare of Mr Bellman, who they believe may have sustained an injury during Monday's incident.
A spokesman said: "Although we not believe that Mr Bellman represents a threat to other members of the public I would ask that if he is seen then to exercise caution not to approach him and report this sighting to the police."
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.