Man viciously attacked and stamped on during robbery

Preston Police is investigating after a man was robbed in Preston.

Police were called around 12.15pm on March 6 following reports of an incident in West View.

Earlier in the day, around 3.10am, a 21-year-old man from Ribbleton was walking home when he was approached by five to six males.

The group threatened the victim with a knife before repeatedly punching and stamping on him.

A white iPhone 5, black ‘Storm’ wallet containing £135 and a black North Face cap were stolen during the assault.

The victim suffered a cut to the cheek before making off from the scene.

Detectives are appealing for information following the robbery.

Det Con Andrew Crook, of Lancashire Police, said: “We have launched an investigation after a robbery in Preston.

“A 21-year-old man was viciously attacked by a group of males close to West View.

“The offenders, described as wearing hooded clothing, then made off with a number of the items belonging to the victim.

“If you saw or heard anything, please call police immediately.”

Anyone with information can call 101 quoting crime reference SA1703201.

Alternatively CrimeStoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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World class darts is coming to Preston Guild Hall

Some of the biggest names in darts are bringing their arrows to Preston Guild Hall in November.

A four-man field is to compete with world number one Michael van Gerwen amongst them.

Alongside him will be fellow Dutch players Raymond van Barneveld and Vincent van der Voort. Austrialia’s Simon Whitlock completes the line up at the Guild Hall.

van Gerwen has won every major title in an explosive career.

He said: This should be a great show. It is a fantastic line-up of quality players and we will all be doing our best to win.

“It is at the most important time of year for us with the World Championship just around the corner so, while we will have a bit of fun, we will all be on top form.

“It is somewhere I’ve never played before but I’ve heard that they love their Darts in Preston and I’m sure it will be a brilliant night.”

The darts comes to Preston on Thursday 30 November from 7pm.

Three tiers of tickets are available at VIP level including buffet and waitress service all night (£75), gold with premium seating (£35) and silver which is general admission (£25).

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Police ‘increasingly’ concerned about missing Leyland woman

Police are appealing for information after a 41-year-old woman went missing from Leyland.

Vikki Adamson was last seen around 11.15am on Monday, March 13 in Preston Road and was last in contact with friends later in the day around 7pm, say police.

She is described as white, 5ft 5in tall, of slim build with dark coloured, shoulder length hair. She was seen wearing a black leather jacket and black leggings when she went missing. She also wears a nose stud.

Sgt Neil Weaver, of Lancashire Police, said: “We are growing increasingly concerned for Vikki’s welfare and are appealing to anyone who knows where she is to contact police immediately.

“We believe Vikki might have been in the Leyland town centre last night, possibly in pubs in the area.

“If you saw her, please get in touch.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log reference 1324 of March 13.

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Four hunted after sickening attack on student

A student was imprisoned and subjected to a sickening attack by four men in Preston.

Police were called at around 2 am on Friday, March 3, following an incident in Moor Lane.

On Thursday, March 2, a 19-year-old man attended Sanctuary Halls around 10.15pm to visit a friend’s flat.

The victim walked from the University of Central Lancashire library to the building before entering the address.

Once inside the property, the teenager was met by four men. He attempted to leave but was dragged into the flat.

Two more men arrived and the victim was punched, forced to strip naked and assaulted.

Threats were made towards the victim with the group demanding cash.

Four men then left the flat and the victim fled and contacted police.

The 19-year-old man suffered injuries to his nose and face during the incident and detectives want to speak to these men, pictured, in connection with the assault.

Det Con Richard Clancy, of Preston CID, said: “This was a sickening and abhorrent attack where the victim was lured to an address in Preston before being assaulted and threatened.

“The incident has left the 19-year-old very shaken and it is crucial we find those responsible.

“Following extensive CCTV enquiries, we want to speak to these four men in connection with the offences. Intelligence suggests the men might be from the Greater Manchester area, possibly Rochdale.

“If you recognise any of the individuals involved, please contact police immediately.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting crime reference SA1703005.

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