Two teenage boys, 15, charged with city-centre stabbing

Two 15-year-old boys have been charged with the stabbing of a man outside a fast-food restaurant in Preston, say police.

They will appear at Preston Magistrates Court this morning accused of S18 Assault (Grievous Bodily Harm).

At around 5.45pm on 21 February police were called by the Ambulance Service to Friargate, Preston following reports a man had been stabbed.

An 18-year-old man suffered significant injuries to his arm and back and was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Police are appealing for anyone with information about the incident to contact police on 101 quoting log 928 of 21 February.

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UPDATE: Police arrest teen, 15, after man suffers ‘significant’ injuries in city centre stabbing

Police have arrested a 15-year-old boy from Preston after a man received a “stab type” wound outside a city centre fast food restaurant yesterday evening.

The incident happened near the McDonalds restaurant in Friargate at around 5.45pm on 21 February.

The 18-year-old victim was treated at the scene by paramedics and then taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
Police have confirmed that the victim received significant injuries which although serious, are not life threatening.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “At around 5.45pm yesterday evening (Tuesday, February 21) we were called by the Ambulance Service to Friargate, Preston following reports a man had been stabbed.

“An 18-year-old man suffered significant injuries to his arm and back which are believed to have been caused by a bladed weapon and was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital. He remains in hospital in a stable condition.

A 15-year-old boy from Preston was arrested on suspicion of Section 18 wounding and is currently in custody.”

Enquiries are on-going. Anyone with information about the incident can contact police on 101 quoting log 928 of February 21st.

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

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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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Man ‘critical’ after stabbing

A man was “critical” in hospital today after being stabbed at his Lancashire home.

Another man was in custody after the incident in Skelmersdale.

A Lancashire police spokesman said: “Shortly before 6am today (Thursday) we were called to an address on Tanfields, Skelmersdale.

“On arrival officers found a man had suffered stab wounds to both legs.

“He was taken to Aintree Hospital, where he remains in a critical condition.

“A 37-year-old man from Skelmersdale has since been arrested on suspicion of assault – GBH, and he remains in police custody.

“Our enquiries are ongoing.”

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