A GARDENER who was beaten with a shovel and pitch fork in a violent attack has been transferred between hospitals for further treatment for head injuries.
Two men were left hospitalised after the attack on Riversway, Poulton, shortly before 10.30am on Wednesday morning.
The pair, aged 43 and 48, had been working in the area when they were approached by four men from another gardening firm, attacking them with gardening tools before smashing the window of their van.
One of the men was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital suffering head and facial injuries and has since been transferred to Preston Royal Hospital to be treated for a fractured jaw and cheekbones.
He will also need his teeth rebuilding after they were knocked out in the attack.
The second man, who was taken to Royal Preston Hospital suffering a stab wound to his arm and an ear injury, has since been discharged.
The four men, aged 27, 28, 42 and 53, were arrested later on Wednesday morning on the southbound carriageway of the M6 near Preston.
Police have said the six men, all from the Manchester area, are believed to be known to one another.
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