A man remains in hospital after being stabbed in the back and buttocks in Ribbleton.Advertisement
Police have launched an appeal for witnesses after the attack which took place between 8.30pm and 9pm on Saturday 27 June.
Two groups of men were involved in an altercation in Fitzgerald Street.
A man in his 20s is in Royal Preston Hospital with puncture wounds to his lower back and buttocks. Police say his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
Following the incident police recovered three machetes, a knife and a balaclava from underneath a parked car in a nearby street. A sheath which is thought to be for a large sword or a machete type knife was also recovered.
DI 1762 Philip Bowerbank, of Preston Police, said: “This is an extremely serious incident and we have a team of dedicated officers investigating the circumstances around the attack and piecing together the events that led up to this happening. We also have extra patrols in the area and I would urge anyone who is concerned or who has information about this attack to get in touch with us as soon as possible on 101.
“We are looking into various lines of enquiry and officers are conducting CCTV and door to door enquiries. We do believe that the men involved in this altercation were known to each other and it is fortunate the victim’s injuries were not more serious.
“The effects of knife crime can be devastating and I would encourage those involved in this brutality to think before they get involved and potentially find themselves behind bars. We do not and will not tolerate this sort of crime in Preston or across the county and we are determined to find those responsible.”
A 25-year-old man from Preston has been arrested and bailed until Wednesday 1 July on suspicion of affray, possession of an offensive weapon and posession of cannabis.