Patrols have been increased around the Broadgate area of Preston following a stabbing that occurred over the weekend.Advertisement
A 22-year-old man has now been arrested for the incident which happened on Grafton Street and remains in custody.
Preston Neighbourhood Policing Team, alongside the Lancashire Mounted Police will be showing an increased presence around the area and speaking to members of the community to reassure them.
DCI Mark Haworth-Oates of Lancashire Police said: “Fortunately while knife crime in Lancashire remains relatively low, we have seen some incidents recently where knives have been used in violent incidents and at the end of the day one incident is one too many and we are committed to tackling violent crime and keeping our communities safe.
“People may well see extra officers on the streets of certain parts of the city, alongside mounted branch and officers from Tac Ops who will be carrying out violent crime prevention and enforcement activities in known hot spots in addition to carrying out intelligence-led initiatives.
“We are determined to do all we can and to use all the resources at our disposal to prevent serious violent crime on our streets and to prosecute those who engage in such activity.
“If you carry a knife you’re more likely to get hurt. And when an incident happens the effects go beyond the victim and extends to their families – their parents, their siblings, their partner, and their children. Physical wounds act as a lifetime reminder and the emotional trauma remains with the family forever.
“What’s more, it’s illegal to carry a knife without a reasonable purpose or use it in a threatening way and being caught could land you in prison.
“I would urge those involved in knives and violence to make a change and to reflect on the potential consequences of their actions.”
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If you have any information about knife crime in Lancashire, contact the police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.In an emergency always call 999.
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