Greater Manchester Police have released images of a man they want to speak to after a mother was stabbed in front of her young child in a “vicious and unprovoked attack”.
Detectives are treating the incident in south Manchester on Saturday afternoon as attempted murder.
The victim, 24, was walking with her five-year-old son on Rudheath Avenue, Withington, when she was approached by a man with a knife.
He began stabbing her before running away along Bromborough Avenue, then continuing in the direction of Whitchurch Road, police have said.
She was taken to hospital where she remains in a stable condition.
Paramedics assessed her son at the scene, but he had no visible injuries.
Police are appealing to the public for help to trace the suspect, and said there would be an increased police presence in the area during the investigation.
Detective Inspector John Robb said: “I understand that this will cause concern among the local community and residents, but I want to reassure the public that we are doing everything in our powers to trace the man responsible and ensure he is brought to justice.
“Please do not hesitate to speak to our officers if you have any concerns or queries.
“If you believe you recognise the man in the image, or if you were near the area at the time and saw something that didn’t seem quite right, please get in touch with police as a matter of urgency.”
Anyone with any information should contact police on 0161 856 1420, quoting incident number 1611 of 29/08/2020, or reports can also be made anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.