Two held after man stabbed at Blackpool gig

North Pier, Blackpool
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Police probing the stabbing of a man at a Blackpool gig said he is lucky to be alive. Detectives said a fight broke out at the Pier Jam event on the North Pier at 10.45pm on Saturday, and three people were hurt.

One of them, a 23-year-old man from Manchester, was taken to Royal Preston Hospital with a number of stab wounds and was described as being “poorly but stable”. His injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.

North Pier Blackpool, venue for Pier Jam where a teenager was stabbed.

North Pier Blackpool, venue for Pier Jam where a teenager was stabbed.

Two others, a 30-year-old man from Bradford and a 15-year-old boy from Manchester, were also taken to hospital with stab wounds.

Two men, aged 20 and 26, from Manchester have been arrested on suspicion of wounding and attempted murder and were in custody yesterday. A knife was recovered.

Det Insp Gareth Willis, of Blackpool CID, said: “This was an extremely seriously incident which could easily have cost at least one young man his life.

“Around 2,000 people are thought to have attended this event and I would appeal to anyone who witnessed this incident to contact us.

Pier Jam’s website advises it is only open to those aged over 18 and that ID is asked for on entry.

A spokesman for the event organisers declined to comment on security measures in place or the fact one of the victims was underage, but said: “An incident occurred during the Pier Jam event on Saturday, September 26 where an attendee was subjected to an assault, which resulted in him receiving stab wounds.

“At this time, event organisers are working closely with police and would appeal for any witnesses to contact Lancashire Police.”

One witness told The Gazette: “The event staff and onsite paramedics were phenomenal and definitely saved this guy’s life.”

Pier Jam is a series of electronic dance music festivals held on the pier throughout the summer. Saturday’s event was described as the closing party.

Acts on the main Terrace Stage included Darius Syrossian, Santé, Sidney Charles, Heidi, Huxley and Infinity Ink, while on the Sunset Stage, 99 Souls, Karma Kid, Ms Dynamite and Zinc were billed.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

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