Police have announced an investigation is underway following a 14-year-old boy being attacked with a knife.
The boy was left with wounds to his arm, hand, leg and ankle which required treatment from Royal Preston Hospital, following an incident that took place at 11.10pm close to Samuel Street (Sunday, 10th).
Chief Insp Steve Sansbury, of South Police, said: “I would like to reassure people that we believe this was a targeted attack but I appreciate this will have caused concern for the public in this area and people will see extra police officers out an about on the streets. People should feel free to approach an officer if they have any concerns or information they feel could help.
“We need the community to work with us and report any information to the police. If you know anything in relation to this incident or indeed any potential on-going criminal activity in the area, please contact us as soon as possible.”
Police added they have arrested three men in connection with the attack aged 21, 22 and 24.
All three men were arrested on suspicion of GBH with intent.
Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner added: “Sadly, up and down the country we are seeing the tragic impact on people’s lives as a consequence of knives being used.
“Campaigns such as this that actually remove knives from our streets play an important role in reducing crime and reoffending, a key priority in my Police and Crime Plan, and keeping people safe.
“Lancashire Constabulary do an extremely important job in protecting our communities and carrying out robust enforcement, but ultimately it is through early intervention and prevention work that we can most effectively tackle knife crime and serious violence.
“Knives are deadly weapons and you will be arrested and prosecuted if you are caught carrying one. If you own a dangerous knife I’d urge you to protect both yourself and those around you by handing it in safely and anonymously.”