Police were called to The Meadows area of Nottingham on Monday night (November 5) following reports of a stabbing.
It is understood the incident happened around 9.43pm in Beardsley Gardens.
The victim was stabbed in the chest and taken to Queen’s Medical Centre with serious injuries.
A police cordon is in place in the alleyway where the incident happened and also covers a section of the nearby children’s play park.
Residents in the area are concerned for their own safety but their biggest concern is for the young children in the area.
“I’ve lived around here for 40 years and I think it’s one thing if you’re an adult but it’s not a safe place for kids round here,” said one resident of The Meadows who didn’t want to be named. “Recently there are a lot of drugs that have started going around the area.”
A postman working in the area was shocked at the news. Aaron Allen said: “If I had kids round here I probably would move to be honest.”
A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is being questioned by police. It is believed the victim and the man arrested are known to each other.
Knife crime incidents in Nottinghamshire have increased significantly in recent years with 515 incidents between April 2012 and March 2013 and 861 incidents between July 2017 and June 2018 according to the Office of National Statistics.
Enquiries are ongoing, anyone with information is advised to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101 quoting the incident number 946 of November 5 2018 or information can be passed on anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.