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Police search 55 people after Preston stabbing

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Published by at 2:30pm 12th March 2019

Police have searched 55 people and 15 vehicles as part of their investigation into a stabbing in Preston.

A 14-year-old boy went to hospital after being attacked by a group of men on or around Samuel Street on Sunday night.

Three men who were arrested on suspicion of GBH with intent have now been released from custody.

A 21-year-old has been released on bail.  Two others, aged 22 and 24, have been released under investigation.

Last night police used a Section 60 to allow them to stop people and vehicles if they thought there could be violence.

During the searches they arrested two men.  

A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession an offensive weapon and a 34 year old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a class A controlled drug.

Chief Insp Steve Sansbury, of South Police, said:

“Our investigation is very much continuing into the incident from Sunday so please don’t be concerned if you see a heavier police presence. We will also be taking a proactive approach to knife crime – targeting areas where we believe there are issues and using the powers at our disposal.

“Last night’s Section 60 is just one example of the preventative action we are taking. I would like to thank the local community for their support of our work and would like to reiterate that this is not about targeting innocent people. The work we do is aimed at making sure we do all we can to keep people safe.

“If you are concerned about knife crime in your area, please speak up. We act on intelligence from our communities. If you’ve seen something suspicious please report it to us or Crimestoppers anonymously.”

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

Or you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.



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