Blackpool double stabbing: Man wanted in connection to knife attacks

Police are looking for a man in connection with a double stabbing in Blackpool yesterday.

Officers want to speak to Robert Heslop, 22, from Blackpool following two linked stabbings in the resort yesterday afternoon.

Officers want to speak to Robert Heslop, 22,

Officers want to speak to Robert Heslop, 22,

The first incident took place near to the Hop Inn on King Street at shortly after 1pm. A 24-year-old man received minor injuries to his back.

Around half an hour later, a further stabbing took place close to the Wilko store on Dickson Road. A second man in his 20's suffered facial injuries. He was taken to Royal Preston Hospital for treatment but was later arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm in relation to the first incident.

Police believe that the incidents are linked and both offenders are known to each other.

The man attacked during the first stabbing was also arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm but is receiving treatment in hospital. It was initially reported that both incidents took place in the Dickson Road area.

Heslop is described as white, around 5ft 10ins, of medium build with blue eyes, brown eyes and has a tattoo on his neck.

DI Alisa Wilson from Blackpool Police said: “We want to speak to anyone who was in the area during the time of both attacks. In particular, we want to trace a Hackney taxi driver who may have spoken to a man following the stabbing close to Wilkos.

“Similarly we want to speak to people who might have seen the offender from the second stabbing making off from the attack, as we need to find out which direction he headed in."

DI Wilson continued: “We are urgently trying to trace Robert Heslop in connection with these incidents and so if you have seen him or know where he is, please contact us urgently.”

If anyone has any information that can assist police with their search for Mr Heslop or the investigation in to both incidents, call 101 quoting incident 637 of March 14.

Alternatively, you can contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at http://socsi.in/NOPCn.