A MANHUNT has been launched after a teenager was stabbed outside a train station in what is described as a “shocking” attack. 

Emergency services were called to Wickford Station after the incident, in Station Approach.

The victim, who is believed to be 17, was then transported by air ambulance to hospital, where he was treated for injuries.

Police say they are not believed to be life-threatening or life-changing.

Essex Police confirmed their officers initially responded to the incident, at about 9pm on Wednesday, but the investigation is now in the hands of British Transport Police.

Basildon councillor David Harrison, who represents Wickford Park, said: “We don’t want things like this to happen anywhere, but especially not in Wickford.

“It’s awful that we’ve come to a world where people feel like they have to go out carrying knives. It makes me really sad. 

“My advice is please don’t. If you are carrying a weapon it just increases the temptation to use it, and someone could even use it against you.

“Although we don’t know the circumstances, it should not be happening. This lad is only young. 

“Of course, I would urge anyone who may have seen anything at all, no matter how small, to talk to the police.”

Basildon Mayor David Burton-Sampson added: “I’m sending my deepest condolences and sympathy to the victim and am wishing him a speedy recovery.

“This must have been a terrifying situation which we cannot tolerate in our society. It’s very dangerous to carry a knife anywhere, but especially somewhere where there are lots of people around like a train station.

“It’s a blessing that these incidents happen few and far between, but this doesn’t make it any less shocking.”

A spokesperson from the BTP, said: “We were called at 9.02pm Wednesday to Wickford Station following a report a teenager had been injured with a knife.

"The victim was taken to hospital and has since been discharged. Enquiries into the incident are ongoing with officers pursuing positive lines of investigation.”