Man jailed for 13 years for Christmas Day knife attack which put Plungington into lockdown

Posted on - 9th July, 2019 - 10:50am | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Plungington, Preston News
Warren Givens, 44, jailed for 13 years

A man has been jailed for 13 years after he was convicted of slashing a man across the throat in Preston on Christmas Day.


Armed police put Plungington into lock down as they hunted for the knifeman, as the rest of the city unwrapped their presents.

Police were called by the ambulance service at shortly before 9am on Christmas Day 2018 to a report that a 37-year-old man had been stabbed on Eldon Street, Preston.

The victim was taken by ambulance to the Royal Preston Hospital with serious injuries to his nose and throat and needed surgery.

Police in Blackpool Road on Christmas Day Pic: 3 Bean Coffee
Police in Blackpool Road on Christmas Day Pic: 3 Bean Coffee

After a four day manhunt, Warren Givens, 44, was arrested and taken into custody for questioning.

He was found guilty of Section 18 wounding following a two-week trial at Preston Crown Court.

Police launched an appeal to trace Givens, of Blackpool Road, and he was arrested on December 29th.

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Detective Inspector Nick Hills, of Preston CID, said: “This is an excellent sentence which reflects the gravity of this serious offence. The victim was left with some very significant wounds as a result of this attack and was fortunate to have survived his injuries.

“This was a challenging investigation which was ultimately successful through the hard work of the investigation hub at Preston and which means a dangerous offender is off the streets of Lancashire for a significant period of time.”

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