POLICE and paramedics were called to reports that a man was stabbed at the grounds of a church on Wednesday night.

Officers were called to St Peter's Church in Bournemouth at 11.10pm where a man, aged in his 20s, was stabbed in the leg.

He was taken to Poole hospital for treatment with serious injuries and a cordon was put in place while police examined the scene.

No one has been arrested.

A spokesperson for Dorset Police said: "Police were called at around 11.10pm on Wednesday to reports that a man had been stabbed in the leg in the grounds of St Peter’s Church in St Peter’s Road in Bournemouth.

"The victim – a local man aged in his 20s - suffered a serious injury to his leg and was taken to hospital for treatment.

"The area was cordoned off to allow investigators to examine the scene.

"Investigations are ongoing."

A spokesman for the South Western Ambulance Service said they sent one ambulance and a rapid response vehicle to the scene.

On September 14, police were called to the church following a concern for a woman's welfare.

Officers were called at around 5.30pm after a woman in her fifties was reported to have sustained a head injury.

A spokesperson for Dorset Police said it was not known how the woman sustained the cut to her head.