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Three teenagers have been arrested over the alleged stabbing of a man in an altercation on the rooftop of a suburban shopping centre.

The 50-year-old man has been hospitalised with serious wounds following the incident at Launceston Plaza Shopping Centre on Racecourse Crescent about 8.40pm on Wednesday.

Tasmania Police Inspector Andrew Hanson said the man had climbed onto the roof to confront the teens who had earlier scaled the roof, before there was an altercation.

He said the man was then allegedly stabbed a number of times.

“He received significant wounds and there was quite a lot of blood loss,” Inspector Hanson said.

“The scene was quite confronting.”

Inspector Hanson said police were on the scene within minutes and performed “lifesaving first aid” on the man who had climbed back down to the ground.

He was rushed to Launceston General Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Local newspaper The Mercury reports there being “blood everywhere” around an external toilet block following the incident.

Two teenagers, aged 15 and 16, were arrested early Thursday morning, and a second 16-year-old was taken into custody just before midday.

At the time of writing, no charges have been laid.

“Police are continuing to follow a specific line of inquiry in relation to a fourth youth,” a Tasmania Police spokesperson said.

Anyone with information about the incident is being urged to contact police on 131 444, or to make a report via Crime Stoppers.

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