Nottinghamshire Police response officers were able to locate a kitchen knife in a street drain following a report of an attack which left the victim with injuries to his arm.
It was reported a man was threatened with the weapon, before he was slashed.
Within 20-minutes officers had arrested a man following a 999 call from a member of the public who witnessed the attack.
They were quickly on the scene in Wellington Square in Retford at 12:20pm on Sunday (4 April 2021) to detain a 42-year-old man on suspicion of possession of a bladed article and actual bodily harm. He remains in police custody.
Inspector Georgina Ball is leading the investigation. She said: “This was excellent work by response officers who were quickly on the scene, not to just arrest a man in connection with the incident, but also seize a knife hidden in a drain.
“The victim was taken to hospital and received stitches. His injuries are not described as life threatening or life altering. He has since been discharged after receiving treatment.
“The force takes reports of knife crime extremely seriously and we acted quickly to make an arrest in connection with this incident.
“Violence of this kind is unacceptable and I’d like to reassure people that we remain committed to driving down knife crime even further in our communities.
“We will continue to work tirelessly to remove dangerous weapons off our streets and take robust action against anyone believed to be involved in violent crime.”