BY IAN CROUCH

Police are appealing for information after a man was found with multiple stab wounds in Newcastle East.

Emergency services were called to Shortland Esplanade near the Ocean Baths at about 9.45pm on Monday, finding an 18-year-old man with several knife wounds to his torso.

He was taken to the John Hunter Hospital in a serious but stable condition with non life-threatening injuries.

A crime scene was established and the area cordoned off for several hours.

Police believe the victim was with his girlfriend when he was injured in an unprovoked attack – the woman was not injured during the altercation.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is urged to contact Newcastle Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Police examine the crime scene at near the Ocean Baths Picture: newcastleherald.com.au