LEYLAND STABBING: Mum speaks of horror

Ashfields, off Dunkirk Lane, Leyland, where a man was stabbed in his back garden by a suspected burglar

Ashfields, off Dunkirk Lane, Leyland, where a man was stabbed in his back garden by a suspected burglar

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A mum has spoken of the moment she came home to find that her son had been stabbed by a burglar.

The 19-year-old media student was stabbed in the abdomen when he confronted an intruder at his home in Ashfields, Leyland.

His mother said she did not know what had gone on when she returned home from work to find a cluster of police officers and dogs swarming her property.

The mum, who did not wish to be named, said: “I had no idea what had happened. I didn’t know if he was alive or dead. It was so frightening.”

The teen’s mother said the whole family has been left shell-shocked by the ordeal, which saw the boy airlifted to hospital for treatment.

She added: “He’s not doing very well. He’s very shaken up. The whole family is very stressed. We’re just in disbelief.

“He’s such a quiet lad who is happy-go-lucky, and he goes to church every week.

“He’s never been through anything like this before. He heard the back gate banging and thought he’d left it open after putting the bins out.

“He was just about to set off for college but he went outside and confronted the man.

“He didn’t know him, and I don’t know what type of knife it was.

“He hasn’t spoken about it much. He’s just numb.”

The teen rang the police after he was attacked, between 10am and 10.15am on Tuesday.

Lancashire Police have stepped up patrols in the area and called on residents to be on their guard.

Det Sgt Diane Higham said: “We believe the offender may have been trying to break into the property and I would urge residents to remain vigilant and ensure their homes are secure.”

The attacker is described as white, of average build, with scruffy hair and stubble. He was wearing a dark jacket, dark gloves and dark trousers.

Det Sgt Higham said: “Thankfully the victim in this incident sustained minor injuries to his abdomen which are not life threatening.

“We have launched an investigation into what happened and enquiries are under way to trace the man responsible for this attack.

“I would also like to reassure members of the local community that we have stepped up patrols in the area.

“If anybody saw any suspicious activity nearby or thinks they may have any information that could assist with our investigation I would urge them to contact us as soon as possible.”

A neighbour added: “I’d heard people talking about a stabbing but I didn’t know whether to believe it.

“It’s so quiet round here, it’s very peaceful.

“You do get people cutting through the estate from the back.”

Anyone with information can contact detectives on 01695 566177 or they can call 101 quoting LC-20150505-0342.