Woman hurt in stab horror

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POLICE today said it was a “minor miracle” a woman stabbed in the back during a violent street attack was not more seriously hurt.

The 21-year-old was walking home from work along Tyldesley Road, South Shore, when the attacker approached and demanded she hand over cash.

When she refused the man stabbed her and calmly walked away.

Det Con Liam Davy, from Blackpool’s robbery team, told The Gazette: “It’s a nasty attack.

“The wound is right in the centre of the woman’s back. She is now having difficulty moving. It could have been a spinal injury.

“It’s a minor miracle the victim did not receive more serious injuries.

“The offender is a dangerous individual.

“This was a cowardly attack on a lone female at night and the person responsible needs to be caught.”

A guest staying at the nearby Applethwaite Hotel rushed to the woman’s aid following the incident around 11.20pm on Saturday.

Owner Donna Hodgkinson said: “A guest was having a cigarette outside and saw the woman.

“The attack was so callous. The guest went up to check she was OK and brought her back to the hotel.

“The victim was distressed. As soon as she put her hand up her jumper, it started bleeding.

“It all happened so quickly.”

The victim was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital where doctors stitched up the nasty wound.

She is now recovering at home.

Julia Hilliard, manager of The Shores Hotel, also on Tyldesley Road, said: “It was a shock for everyone.

“We heard the sirens and then saw the emergency services outside.

“It was such a malicious attack.”

Police are now appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Det Con Davy added: “It would appear the initial motive was to steal from her.

“She had her bag and phone on display but after she said she had no money he has not made any attempt to take these.

“He has stabbed her and calmly walked off.

“I would appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time and witnessed the incident to come forward and contact the police.”

Anyone with information is urged to call Blackpool Police on 101 or the Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555111.