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14-year-old boy stabbed in Preston

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Published by at 3:09pm 11th March 2019

A 14-year-old boy has been seriously hurt after being stabbed in Preston.

Police say the targeted attack happened on or close to Samuel Street at 11:10pm last night.

The teenager went to hospital with knife wounds to his arm, hand, leg and ankle. His injuries are serious but not life threatening

Three men aged 21, 22 and 24 have been arrested on suspicion of GBH with intent.

Chief Insp Steve Sansbury, of South Police, said:

"I would like to reassure people that we believe this was a targeted attack but I appreciate this will have caused concern for the public in this area and people will see extra police officers out an about on the streets.

"People should feel free to approach an officer if they have any concerns or information they feel could help.

"We need the community to work with us and report any information to the police. If you know anything in relation to this incident or indeed any potential on-going criminal activity in the area, please contact us as soon as possible."

The incident in Preston comes as Lancashire Constabulary supports a week of action aimed at reducing knife crime.

Operation Sceptre, which runs from March 11th to 15th, is a national campaign targeting knife crime and those who carry knives.

While Lancashire is not experiencing the same tragic levels of knife crime seen in other parts of the country, police are keen to stress that any incident involving a knife could have deadly consequences and destroy lives.

Chief Supt Neil Ashton, joint Head of Crime at Lancashire Constabulary, said:

"Too many families have been affected by knife crime and just one person being stabbed is one too many. The consequences of carrying and using a knife can be devastating and potentially life-threatening.

"We take all reports of offences involving a knife extremely seriously and we will continue to use all the powers at our disposal – such as Section 60 orders – in areas where we identify there is an issue.

"We are committed to keeping our communities safe and tackling violent crime is a priority for us. We will continue to work 24/7 and 365 days of the year and to act on intelligence.

"I would appeal directly to people that if you know someone who is carrying a knife, don't keep silent. Report it."

Knife bins are being used at police stations in Blackpool, Burnley, Preston, Morecambe, Fleetwood, Greenbank Blackburn, Chorley and Nelson, during the surrender where people can hand in any knives.

Knives need to be safely wrapped in tape and newspaper before putting in the bins.

Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner said:

"Sadly, up and down the country we are seeing the tragic impact on people's lives as a consequence of knives being used.

"Campaigns such as this that actually remove knives from our streets play an important role in reducing crime and reoffending, a key priority in my Police and Crime Plan, and keeping people safe.

"Lancashire Constabulary do an extremely important job in protecting our communities and carrying out robust enforcement, but ultimately it is through early intervention and prevention work that we can most effectively tackle knife crime and serious violence.

"Knives are deadly weapons and you will be arrested and prosecuted if you are caught carrying one. If you own a dangerous knife I'd urge you to protect both yourself and those around you by handing it in safely and anonymously."

Anybody with information about the incident on Samuel Street is asked to contact police on 101 quoting incident reference 1478 of March 10th.

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