Teenager stabbed after disturbing suspected burglar

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Detectives are appealing for information after a 19-year-old man was stabbed in Leyland.

The attack happened between 10am and 10.15am on Tuesday when the victim was at his home address in Ashfields.

He suffered a stab wound to his abdomen, but his injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.

Police say the man heard what he thought was the sound of his back gate banging in the wind. He left the house via the back door and headed towards the gate where he was confronted by a man who stabbed him.

The victim sustained minor injuries to his abdomen which required hospital treatment.

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

DS Diane 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 underway to trace the man responsible for this attack.

“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.

“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.”

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

Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.