Police have launched an urgent information appeal after a man was reportedly stabbed following a fight at a busy East Molesey restaurant.

The incident took place on Saturday (June 29) at the Averna Restaurant in East Molesey.

Surrey Police said they were called at around 9.30pm after reports a man had been assaulted at the premises during a fight.

A spokesperson for Surrey Police said: "The victim suffered a knife wound to his chest and was punched in the eye during the incident.

"A 38-year-old man from East Molesey was arrested on suspicion of attempted assault causing grievous bodily harm and assault causing actual bodily harm, and has been released under investigation."

Police said that their enquiries into what happened remained ongoing and urged anyone with information to come forward.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Lloyd Ives, said that the assault took place during a busy moment on the evening in question and hoped any witnesses would help police with their investigation.

"This incident occurred in a busy restaurant around 9.30pm and lots of people would have seen what happened.

"We are appealing to anyone who was either in the restaurant or in the surrounding area who has not already spoken to us to come forward with information," DC Ives said.

Responding to a request from the Comet, South East Coast Ambulance Service confirmed the incident: 

"We were called around 9.50pm on (July) 29th to reports of an assault and one person with a chest wound. 

"We sent an ambulance to the scene and the patient was treated at the scene before being taken to Kingston Hospital." 

If you have any information which could help Surrey Police with their enquiries, call 101, quoting crime reference number PR/45190067948.

If you do not wish to leave your name, please call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111