Preston city centre stabbing leaves McDonalds and roads closed

A young male has been taken to hospital following a suspected stabbing in Preston city centre.

McDonalds in Friargate and the alleyway into Lowthian Street near the Black Horse pub have been sealed off.

The incident took place around 5.45pm on Tuesday (21 February) and Preston Police have arrested a Preston man on suspicion of assault.

Scene in Friargate Pic: Benjamin Wareing

Inspector Martin Bishop said: “Lowthian Street will be closed for the forseeable future while we begin this investigation.

“We are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident at this time.”

The arrest was made at a nearby address.

Preston Police said the incident is related to both locations, and blood can be seen outside the McDonalds where officers stand guard.

The victim has been taken to Royal Preston Hospital and the extent of his injuries are not known at this stage.

Lowthian Street closed off Pic: Benjamin Wareing

A staff member at the Black Horse pub said: “We don’t know what happened. We heard someone was injured, but we didn’t see any ambulances or anything. We’re only going off what the police are chatting about. The police are checking our CCTV now but it’s not the best.”

Residents in Lowthian Street are being escorted to and from their doorsteps by police while the road closure is in place.

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Nigel James will be having an interview with Stephen Mulhern from 8pm tonight on CityBeat 103.2FM

After meeting up with Stephen during a nice meal at Sampora blackpool, Nigel will be playing out an interview talking about Stephens role in Saturday night Takeaway and Magic.

Stephen even stated that Nigel and him could be the next Ant & Dec, not surprising to say that Nigel would need a huge makeover before that would happen. As we know Stephen is known for having makovers to pretend to be someone he isn’t.


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University buys Lamb and Packet pub

A Preston drinking institution has been sold to the university.

Brewery Thwaites have revealed the Lamb and Packet pub which has stood in Friargate since the early 1800s has a new owner.

The University of Central Lancashire has purchased the pub after it went on the market in September last year.

The pub stands in a strategic position for the university on the Adelphi roundabout which is due for major redevelopment as part of the university’s £200million Preston campus masterplan.

A spokesman for the University said: “When the pub came up for sale we decided to make a bid. The property represents an ideal opportunity to consolidate our estate and in the long-term will help us create a more joined-up campus. This strategy is particularly important as we work towards the delivery of our £200 million Campus Masterplan.

“At this point we don’t have any specific plans for the use of the building but it will no longer operate as a public house.”

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