POLICE have arrested a suspect on charges of attempted murder after a soldier was stabbed in Blackpool.
Detectives today said the 21-year-old serviceman, who is stationed at Weeton Barracks, near Kirkham, is lucky to be alive after being attacked down an alleyway between Talbot Road and Clifton Street in the town centre.
Det Con Alan Quanbrough, of Blackpool CID, told The Gazette: “The hospital told him if he hadn’t been as young and fit, he could’ve died.
“We believe he was stabbed in the alleyway between Talbot Road and Clifton Street and he staggered up to St John’s Square before collapsing.
“He had a wound to his chest. Staff at a takeaway near The Syndicate gave him emergency medical treatment which I’m sure saved his life.”
The young soldier was stabbed to the chest, hitting an artery, and also had cuts to his left hand.
He spent five days in hospital and underwent surgery.
He was initially described as being in a “poorly but stable” condition in Blackpool Victoria Hospital but is now recovering at home with family in Yorkshire.
A person in their early 20s was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder on Saturday and released on police bail until August.
Det Con Quanbrough added: “Someone has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and released on bail while inquiries are on going and further forensic work is carried out.
“I would appeal to anyone who was in Blackpool town centre at the time of the incident who saw anything suspicious or indeed anybody that thinks they may have witnessed the incident itself, to contact us.”
Police were alerted to the stabbing at 4am on May 17 after being called to the Church Street takeaway.
The alleyway between Talbot Road and Clifton Street was cordoned off as Crime Scene Investigators moved in to examine the area.
Anyone with any information is urged to call Blackpool Police on (01253) 293933 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.