Teenager sentenced to life for attempted murder

Liam McAtear left his victim with serious head injuries Credit: Lancashire Police

A 16-year-old boy has been jailed for the attempted murder of a teenager in Clayton le Moors.

Liam McAtear, of Sparth Road, Clayton le Moors was given a life sentence with a minimum tariff of six years and nine months, after previously admitting the charge when he appeared at Preston Crown Court.

Police were called at about 1.30pm on Monday 16 September last year to an address on Sparth Road, Clayton le Moors where a 17 year old male had been assaulted inside the property.

He had sustained serious head injuries and was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital for treatment.

The victim has since made a full physical recovery.

Lancashire Police say the sentence reflects the severity of the ordeal that the victim had to endure. Credit: PA Images

Detective Inspector Mark Vaughton, of Blackburn CID, said:

"This attack was vicious, unprovoked and sustained, leaving the victim seriously injured. Whilst he has made a good recovery from his physical injuries he still suffers from mental scars.

“I hope that today’s sentence can bring the victim some closure so that he can start to move on with his life.”