SOURCES have told the Standard that the victim of the stabbing in Cirencester is 42-year-old Paul Allen, who is now in a Swindon hospital.

Gloucestershire Police have confirmed they have arrested a 30-year-old man in connection with the incident.

They made the arrest at an address in Countess Lilias Road in Chesterton.

Reports came in this morning of a disturbance at an address in Watermoor where a man was seen throwing a brick through the window of a property.

A witness, who wished to remain anonymous, said the suspect then climbed in through the window before coming out again several minutes later.

The victim then came out with blood on his face claiming he'd been stabbed.

The witness said: “I heard a lot of noise this morning.

“It was bang, bang, bang, then this guy shouted out ‘Last chance, last chance now.

“With that he picked a brick up and smashed the back kitchen window and climbed in through the window.

“I wondered what was going on and looked out again.

“The guy came out of the doorway and walked casually up the path."

The man who had been stabbed then “came out and he had blood all around his eye and shouted ‘I’ve been stabbed’”, said the witness.

According to nearby residents this is the third time the property's windows have been smashed.

Police are currently on the scene.

A Gloucestershire Police spokesman said: "We received report of an assault at St Michael's Rd, Cirencester, just after 6am this morning.

"A man was taken to hospital in Swindon for treatment to an eye injury."

"A 30-year-old man was arrested at an address in Countess Lilias Road in connection with the incident."

More to follow.