Police are searching Poole Park for a weapon after a man was stabbed in the stomach by a stranger.
The victim, a 59-year-old man from the area, was walking through the park on Saturday evening when he was approached from behind and stabbed in the stomach.
The victim walked to Poole Hospital where he underwent surgery and remains in hospital receiving treatment. Police have confirmed his condition is not life-threatening.
The incident happened between 6.15pm and 7pm near the crazy golf in Poole Park.
Nothing was taken from the victim and the offender ran off towards the war memorial.
The offender is described as a white man in his early 30s, and of a large build. He was around 5foot 10 inches, with short cropped hair and a round plump face. He was wearing dark trousers and a dark jacket.
Detective Sergeant Ben Morgan, of Bournemouth CID, said: “This was an unprovoked assault and there will have been people in the park at the time of day the incident occurred.
“I am appealing to anyone who may have seen the incident or anyone acting suspiciously around the time of the assault to contact me on 101.
“It is likely there may be an increased police presence around the Poole Park area while investigations into the incident continue.”
Officers were searching the area near the water fountain in the park all weekend, assisted by volunteers from Dorset Search and Rescue.
A large number of police officers have been seen searching bushes in Poole Park.
If anyone finds a knife or sharp object in Poole Park or discarded nearby, they are urged to not touch the item but call Dorset Police immediately.
The search team were also looking in hedges at Poole Park Bowling Club, as well as in bins around the park.
There is no cordon in place.
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 23:313. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.