Police are appealing for public assistance after a ride-share driver was stabbed in Merewether this morning.

About 2.35am this morning (Thursday 23 July 2020), a 22-year-old driver picked up a group of people at Windale before travelling to William Street, Merewether.

Police have been told one of passengers threatened the 22-year-old with a blade and demanded his car keys, wallet and phone.

The driver resisted before he was stabbed in the upper arm and leg.

The group fled the scene in the man’s vehicle before the driver called emergency services.

Officers from Newcastle City Police District attended and established a crime scene.

The driver was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before he was taken to John Hunter Hospital for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries.

The vehicle is described as a 2010 silver-coloured Ford Focus, with NSW registration plates BPX 15C