POLICE believe the victims of a double stabbing in Poole on Monday had arranged to meet their attackers.

Officers are continuing to hunt for those responsible after the violent assault in Sterte Close.

The emergency services were called to a parking area outside tower block Harbour View shortly before 2.20am.

Both victims were knifed in the back.

A 34-year-old man of no fixed abode, suffered life-threatening injuries. However, he is now believed to be out of danger.

The second victim, a 45-year-old man from Poole, sustained serious injuries. He has now left hospital.

Officers have carried out a thorough search of the area but no arrests have yet been made.

The weapon involved in the attack has also not yet been recovered.

Yesterday, a spokesperson from Dorset Police said: "Enquiries remain ongoing and members of the public can expect to see a heightened police presence in the area while investigations continue.

"This was not a random attack.

"We believe the victims had arranged to meet the offenders but they are not known to each other."

On Monday, a small area of land with a phone box on it close to Sea View was cordoned off. The parking area and a number of garages close to Harbour View were also taped off.

Crime scene investigators wearing white overalls could be seen going into the Oyster Bay Apartments.

Detective Inspector Andy Roberts, of Bournemouth CID, said an "extensive investigation" is underway.

He called for any witnesses to the assault, or anyone with information about those responsible, to come forward and contact officers urgently.

To speak to police, visit dorset.police.uk or call 101, quoting 9:32.