POLICE are hunting a man who skipped bail having been charged with a knife attack on a teenager in Rubery.

Mark Powell is accused of stabbing the 18-year-old lad − who suffered two knife wounds to his torso − in High Timbers, Rubery, on January 13 following an argument.

The 20-year-old was arrested on March 20 and in August charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Detectives also suspect he was responsible for an attempted burglary in Woodgate Lane, Woodgate, on August 4.

Powell, whose last known address was Stratford Road in Sparkhill, was due to attend court earlier this month but failed to appear − and West Midlands Police are now appealing for information to help re-capture him.

Investigating officer, detective constable Darren Lennox, said: “Powell is believed to be responsible for a very serious knife attack on a young man. It’s claimed the two were travelling in a car together when an argument broke out and Powell produced a knife.

“The victim suffered two stab wounds, one to his side and the other his stomach, and serious internal injuries.

“Anyone prepared to carry a knife and use it needs to be taken off the streets and I would urge anyone who’s seen Powell or thinks they know where he is to contact us.

“People can speak to us in confidence or contact Crimestoppers anonymously."

Information can be passed to West Midlands Police via Live Chat at WMP Online or by calling 101; alternatively speak to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Callers won’t be asked for their names and calls cannot be traced.