A woman is in a serious condition after allegedly being stabbed in the chest at a cafe near Newcastle.
Police swarmed the cafe on Maitland Road in Mayfield just after 2.30pm this afternoon after receiving reports of a stabbing.
Upon arrival, they found a 27-year-old woman had been stabbed in the chest region.
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She was treated at the scene before being rushed John Hunter Hospital under police escort in a serious condition.
A 23-year-old man was arrested nearby a short time later and has been taken to Newcastle Police Station where he is currently assisting police with their inquiries.
A crime scene has been established, with investigations into the circumstances surrounding the incident ongoing.