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Teenager arrested following multiple stabbing incidents in Preston

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A 16-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with three serious incidents in the Deepdale area of Preston on Sunday January 26, in which two people were stabbed and a teenager threatened.

The first incident took place at around 3:45pm. A man in his 50s was approached by an unknown male at Sainsbury’s at Deepdale and was stabbed to the abdomen. He is currently in hospital undergoing surgery, however his injury is not believed to be life threatening.

Later, at around 6:45pm, a woman in her 20s contacted emergency services explaining she had been assaulted near Blackpool Road. She was taken to hospital to be treated for a single stab wound to her abdomen. Police say it is still unknown, whether she had anything stolen from her.

The final incident happened around five minutes later with a teenage boy reporting he had been threatened with a knife and had his bike stolen. This was on Deepdale Retail Park.

Police are treating the incidents as being linked at this stage.

The three incidents happened in the Deepdale area of Preston.

A 16 year old boy from Preston has been arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery, robbery and section 18 wounding. He is currently in police custody.

A section 60 order was put in place overnight, allowing police the power to search people or vehicles without suspicion in an area where they believe violence could take place.

Inspector Phil Orme of Preston Police, said:

These are very serious incidents where violence or threats of violence have been used.“The incidents have been confined to a small geographic area and have been very similar in nature. At this stage, we believe they are linked.“While we have made an arrest, our enquiries are very much ongoing. If you witnessed any of these crimes taking place or have any information at all that could help, please get in touch as soon possible."

– Inspector Phil Orme of Preston Police