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Footage shows man attacking people with chair in Winckley Street

Posted on - 5th May, 2021 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Lancashire Police, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Winckley Square
The man is seen holding the chair before charging at people sat at a table outside Forum bar in Winckley Street Pic: Blog Preston
The man is seen holding the chair before charging at people sat at a table outside Forum bar in Winckley Street Pic: Blog Preston

A man was attacked by a chair-wielding man in Preston city centre on Thursday 29 April.

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The incident took place outside Forum Bar in Winckley Street at approximately 5pm.

The victim, who asked not to be identified, claims two men were attempting to sell fake aftershave when they tried to take a wallet from the man and his group of friends.

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The victim said: “I had a metal chair and table smashed into my back. Police were not called. I was with two females, my job was keeping them safe.

“[They] tried selling us fake aftershave, saw my wallet [and] tried nicking it. It could [have] got a lot worse.”

A video sent to Blog Preston appears to show a man hitting the victim with a metal chair and hitting a women with the object at the same time. You can see the clip below or tap here.

He then walks away before returning to pick up his belongings.

Pictures passed to Blog Preston from the victim show bruising he says he sustained from the incident where he attempted to defend himself.

A bruise the victim says was sustained during the incident Pic: Blog Preston

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The victim was with two females and said that Forum Bar staff tried to help resolve the situation.

Marvin Baldwin, from Blue Cherry Leisure who operate Forum Bar, said: “Our understanding of the situation is that one of our customers confronted two men when they tried to steal his wallet, an altercation occurred and they then turned violent.

“My staff did their best to help but the main culprit was very aggressive.

“Winckley Street is such a lovely peaceful street, it is a shock and unheard of that something like this would happen.

“My advice to other bars, restaurants and customers would be to not engage when someone comes up to you trying to sell goods, after shave on this occasion, and don’t confront them, just say you are not interested and they will move on.”

The man waves the chair from across the street before charging Pic: Blog Preston
The man waves the chair from across the street before charging Pic: Blog Preston

Preston Police confirmed to Blog Preston they are aware of the incident and are investigating.

The crime reference number for the incident is LC-20210502-0682. Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.

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