A THIRD man has been arrested in connection with a stabbing at Thorpe Park at the weekend.

Officers were called to the theme park in Chertsey on Saturday at around 5pm after reports that a man was stabbed.

A 26-year-old man was treated for an injury to his stomach, and is now recovering in hospital.

Today, Surrey Police have announced that a 26-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in police custody.

It comes after two other 26-year-old men from London, who were arrested on Saturday evening, have been bailed until August 15, pending further enquiries.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and quote reference PR/45200074732.

Alternatively, if you prefer to remain anonymous, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The victim, a man in his 20s, suffered a serious slash wound to his stomach after an “altercation” between two groups on a footbridge near the exit of the popular amusement and rollercoaster resort on Saturday afternoon.

He was taken to hospital after the attack shortly before 5pm and his condition is serious, Surrey Police said.

Park-goers were locked down as police rushed to the popular theme park near Chertsey, Surrey, with images on social media showing crowds bunched together inside.

Security teams carry out bag searches and regularly patrol the premises and investigations are ongoing into how a weapon was brought in.

In a statement, Detective Inspector Andy Greaves appealed for witnesses and said officers were tracing “all those believed to have been involved”.

He said: “I’m keen to hear from anyone who saw what happened or who has video footage of this assault. The two groups of people were close to the exit inside the park on the bridge when the assault took place.

“We’re still trying to establish what has happened, however I’d like to stress that this incident is not being treated as terrorism-related at the current time.”

In a statement, Thorpe Park said its on-site medical staff provided emergency first aid and said it was helping police with its inquiries.

The statement said: “The health, safety and security of our guests is our primary objective. We have an excellent security track record and have never had any incidents of this kind in over 40 years.”

Thorpe Park re-opened earlier this month on July 4 after being shut due to the coronavirus pandemic.