Eight to Ten youths pull knife and stab Skelmerdale man

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a 58 year old man sustained serious injuries after being being followed home by eight to ten youths who engaged him in conversation then stabbed him twice.

Police attended an incident which occurred in Skelmerdale at 2.15am on Thursday 30th January, when the 58-year-old was walking home following a night out.

As the man walked along Egerton, he was approached by a group of eight to ten teenagers who engaged him in a conversation and followed him to his home address at which point, one of the group pulled out a knife and he was stabbed in the abdomen twice.

The man was taken to hospital where he remains receiving treatment.

A 17 year old boy has been arrested in connection with the assault on suspicion of wounding with intent and has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

DC Dom Webster who is investigating said; “This was a very nasty assault and we are very keen to trace the people responsible.

“The motive for the incident is unclear at this time and so we would urge anyone who knows anything at all about what happened to contact police.

“I would reassure people that an investigation is underway but the incident has taken place in a densely populated residential area so I would urge anybody that witnessed it or who has any information that could assist with our investigation to contact Lancashire Police on 101.”

The group have all been described as being dressed in dark clothing with their hoods up and scarves covering their faces.

People can pass information to police either by calling 101, speaking to a local officer or anonymously through the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org.