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Man hunt underway after kidnappers stab police dog

A man hunt is underway tonight after a man was kidnapped and stabbed.

The attacker then turned on a police dog who was stabbed and is now undergoing emergency surgery.

The police dog was attacked as the kidnapper and knife man escaped arrest.

An urgent man hunt has been launched to trace Gareth Slater aged 32.

He is wanted for Kidnap, and stabbing a man inside a Fiat Punto at a petrol station before fleeing the scene in the vehicle.

Police gave chase to the car and was stopped by officers on Meadow Bank Road, Deepdale, just before 8.10pm

The injured 39-year-old man inside the car was taken to hospital where has was treated for serious stab wounds.

He remains in hospital in a stable condition.

Another 39-year-old man who was in the Punto, was arrested on Meadow Bank Road on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to resist arrest, kidnap and grievous bodily harm.

A police dog used as part of the attempts to detain the man, suffered a stab wound during the incident and is currently at the vets undergoing treatment.

Acting Det Insp Aneela Khalil-Khan said: “We have made various attempts since last night to locate Gareth Slater, and I would advise the public to not approach him and just call police on 999 if you see him or know of his whereabouts.

“I fully understand how concerning this incident will be to our communities, and I want to offer my assurance we are treating it as a priority.

“An investigation is ongoing and numerous enquiries have already been carried out to understand the exact circumstances, however we do believe this may have been a targeted attack.

“High visibility police patrols have been taking pace throughout today and will continue over the coming days to offer reassurance, and anyone with concerns I would encourage to please get in touch with us.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111, quoting incident number 977 of June 28.

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