A MAN was stabbed after rushing to the aid of a friend who was being abused in the street by three teenage yobs.
The 40-year-old was stabbed in the back of his shoulder during the shocking attack on Blakiston Street in Fleetwood at around 9pm on Saturday.
Police said a group of three men in their late teens or early 20s began shouting abuse towards a man who was returning to his house from a local shop.
The tirade continued as the man walked down the street and as he reached his home, an argument broke out.
The victim’s friend came out of the house to help –but the youths then turned on him and he was stabbed in the shoulder.
Police and ambulance crews were called to the scene and the 40-year-old man was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital where he was treated for a superficial stab wound.
He spent the night recovering in hospital but discharged himself yesterday morning and is now resting at home.
Detectives in Fleetwood have launched an investigation and are appealing for anyone with information about the incident to come forward.
They are also keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the three young men – who fled the scene following the stabbing – loitering in the area.
Det Sgt Andy Hoyle, from Fleetwood CID, said: “I would appeal to anybody who witnessed this incident to contact the police.
“I would also like to speak with anybody who was in the area prior to the incident and may have seen a group of three young men hanging around the street, particularly if they were abusive or causing any bother for other people.”
A spokesman for the ambulance service said the victim was conscious when they arrived at the scene.
He added: “We were called to Blakiston Street to a report a man had been stabbed in the back. Police were on the scene.
“We took the man to Blackpool Victoria Hospital. We put the hospital on stand-by but the man was conscious.”
The local community has been left shocked by the attack.
Elizabeth Anderson, of H&E Anderson sweet shop on Blakiston Street, said: “It’s not very nice to hear someone has been stabbed.
“Nothing like that really happens around here.
“There’s a community centre on the street and a place where young children play so it’s normally OK.
“There used to be odd problems with drugs but they have cleared that away.
“Maybe it’s people cutting through from the pubs.”
Another shop worker, who did not wish to be named, said: “A lot of people have been talking about it today, it’s pretty shocking.”
Anyone with information can call Lancashire Police on 0845 1 25 35 45.