A MAN is in hospital after being stabbed in an early hours fight.

He and another man had taken a taxi from Worthing to Durrington where they were attacked by two other men.

One of the men was stabbed in the chest and is in a serious condition in hospital.

The other was stabbed in the abdomen and police say they “suffered minor injuries”.

They had climbed into the taxi in Chapel Road, Worthing, at about 12.30am on Sunday and were dropped off in Whitebeam Road, Durrington.

The attack is thought to have happened between 12.40am and 12.51am after an altercation between the two parties, who police say were not known to each other.

Investigating officer PC Charlotte Carter said: “We have a dedicated response to reduce instances of knife crime and serious violence in Sussex.

“We place extra hi-vis patrols where and when they are needed and try to intervene before criminality gets as far as serious violence, with visits to schools and engagement with young people, and roadshows across Sussex to engage with local communities to inform and educate residents and visitors.”

Sussex Police are now trying to track down the taxi driver and say the journey was not pre-booked, but the driver was known to be a man in a white car.

A spokesman said: “Anyone with information about the taxi driver, or who may have any information regarding the assault, is asked to report online or call 101 quoting serial 46 of 12/01.”