Victim ‘lucky to be alive’ after attack

Where the attack happened at the junction of Caunce Street and Selbourne Road, close to St Thomas' Church.
Where the attack happened at the junction of Caunce Street and Selbourne Road, close to St Thomas' Church.
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DETECTIVES said a man is “lucky to be alive” after being stabbed and slashed in a horrifying random attack on a Blackpool street.

The 29-year-old victim was set upon by a gang of three men on Caunce Street, at the junction with Selbourne Road, as he walked home from a pub.

The man was repeatedly stabbed in his chest and back and also slashed several times across the face.

He is now recovering in Blackpool Victoria Hospital, where he is described as being in a “serious condition”.

Det Con Matt Haylett, from Blackpool CID, said: “The victim was walking home from The Victory pub when he was attacked. The suggestion is it was a random stabbing.

“It was a nasty incident and with the injuries he sustained he is lucky to be alive.

“I would imagine the injuries are fairly close to his vital organs.”

The attack happened between 8.50pm and 9.15pm on Tuesday, and police believe it may also have involved an incident on neighbouring Peter Street.

Police have launched a hunt for the attackers, who were described as wearing dark clothing at the time.

It is not yet known what sort of weapon was used in the attack.

The incident happened close to St Thomas’ C of E Church, where Rev Dr Rosalyn Murphy is vicar.

She said: “It happened across the street from the church. Any physical violence of this type, especially in a community that has a large school-age population, is devastating so we are shocked by it.

“It speaks to the greater need for our community to pull together and work more closely with our community officers, which is something we have done.

“We are trying to keep the neighbourhood and the community as safe as possible.”

One resident who lives close the scene of the attack and did not wish to be named, said: “You hear sirens all the time round here so you get used to it.

“But it’s scary to think someone has been stabbed near where you live.”

Det Con Haylett added: “We are appealing for witnesses to try and trace anybody who may have stopped to help the victim or who saw the incident itself, or if they know anybody who is responsible for the attack.”

Anyone with any information can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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