A MAN has been rushed to hospital suffering neck lacerations after being hit by an axe in a street attack at Mayfield on Wednesday.
The man, 33 years old and believed to be from Stockton, suffered a 12-centimetre gash to his neck, with neighbours helping to stem the bleeding until paramedics arrived.
Police have cordoned off several residential lots in Upfold Street after the man was discovered bleeding from his wounds before midday.
It is believed the weapon involved was a tomahawk.
Police said the pair became involved in an argument before the victim was injured.
They do not believe the incident was random.
The victim's bike lay on a footpath about 30 metres from bloodied clothes and a backpack as detectives attended the crime scene.
He was taken to the John Hunter Hospital in a stable condition for treatment with injuries not considered to be life-threatening.
The attacker is still outstanding.
Police are seeking to talk to a 37-year-old man in relation to the incident.
He is described as caucasian, about 178 centimetres tall and with a thin build.
The man may be wearing black clothing and travelling in a black Hyundai with registration AQ7-6RU.
Police urged anyone who spots the man to avoid approaching him and call 000 immediately.