SIX people have been arrested after a 16-year-old boy was stabbed in the chest and legs and left fighting for his life in hospital.
Officers were called to an address in Chatham Place in Preston, just before 6pm on Wednesday to reports that a boy had been stabbed.
The teenager was found with stab injuries to his chest and legs and was rushed to hospital where he remains in a critical condition with his family by his bedside.
The force believe it was a "targeted attack" and have made four arrests.
A 20-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman, both from Preston, have been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. They are both currently in custody.
A 16-year-old boy from Preston and an 18-year-old man from Leyland were arrested on Thursday on suspicion of attempted murder.
Another man from Preston, aged 17, has been detained on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.
A 36-year-old woman, from Leyland, was held on suspicion of assisting an offender but has since been released under investigation.
'BATTLING FOR HIS LIFE'
DCI Lee Wilson, of the Force Major Investigation Team, said: "This incident has left a teenage boy battling for his life and my thoughts are with him and his family at this extremely distressing time.
"While we have now made a number of arrests, our enquiries are very much ongoing.
"This appears to have been an attack on a defenceless young man and while we remain open-minded as to why this has happened, I want to appeal to the community of Preston and, in particular Deepdale, to come forward if they have any information that could assist us in bringing those responsible to justice.
"I want to reassure members of the public that if they come forward and assist us with any information that this will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.
"I would urge the public not to assume the police already know what they need in relation to this investigation and no matter how insignificant it may seem to them the information they hold could be crucial to establishing the facts of what occurred.
"There will continue to be a visible police presence in the area and reassurance patrols have been increased."
Detective Chief Inspector Jane Webb added: "Although we believe this was a targeted attack, there will continue to be a visible police presence in the area and reassurance patrols have been increased."
Meanwhile today in Notts, another 16-year-old was left seriously injured in hospital after being stabbed in a separate incident.
Two people have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after Nottinghamshire Police rushed to reports of the incident in Hickings Lane, Stapleford, Notts., at 5:30am today.
A man, 20, and a 25-year-old woman have been arrested following what police called a "targeted attack".
Officers said the victim and alleged perpetrators know each other and they are not looking for other suspects.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting log 0575 of December 24, 2020, or report it via the major incident portal at https://mipp.police.uk/operation/0401020120S05-PO1.
Alternatively call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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