A FURTHER teenager has been arrested after a teenager was stabbed in a "mass brawl" outside a Whitefield restaurant.

Police were called to a disturbance involving a dispute between a group of youths at eastZeast in Bury New Road, Whitefield, shortly before 9.55pm on Saturday.

The 16-year-old boy was taken to hospital with "life-changing" injuries where he remains for treatment.

One officer who attended the scene revealed that between 50 to 60 youngsters were involved.

Following the incident, a 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and possession of a bladed article.

He has since been released under investigation.

Two teenagers were also arrested on Sunday and remain on bail.

Meanwhile, a 16-year-old boy who was arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and section 18 assault has been released with no further action.

And in the early hours of this morning, a 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and section 18 assault. He remains in custody for questioning.

Police were seen searching the grass verges as part of their investigation. Residents reported that they were working at the site until the early hours of the morning.

Chris Clayton, head chef at Ivano's Italian restaurant which is located next door to eastZeast, said: "Two teenagers ran into our restaurant some time after 9pm. They were scared. They had been at someone's 14th or 15th birthday party at eastZeast. They were saying that their friend had been stabbed.

"We phoned the police. There was a lot of screaming and shouting outside.

"The young lad who had been stabbed was on the floor lying against the wall in the alley between the two restaurants.

"He was bleeding. One of our chefs fetched him a couple of towels and offered help.

"It wasn't long before the ambulance and police arrived."

Chief Inspector Jamie Collins of GMP’s Bury District, said: “I need to stress that despite making a number of arrests, our enquiries are very much ongoing and we need people who haven’t yet got in contact with us to do so.

“While the boy has serious injuries and is still in hospital receiving treatment for those injuries, it’s not thought that his condition is life threatening.

“Saying this, we cannot underestimate the severity of the situation and the effect this has had not only on him but his family and the community.

“We will continue to follow each line of enquiry that’s available to us but can only do so with your help so please, contact our dedicated investigation team with any information that you have.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 8181 quoting reference number 2442 of 30/03/19 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.