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UPDATE: Murder probe launched after teen ‘knifed to death on street’

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Two more men have been arrested following the death of a teenager in Preston.

Police were called to St Stephen’s Road, Deepdale, at around 11.20pm on Saturday, after reports a man had been seriously injured.

Emergency services who attended found a teenager, Jonjo Highton, 18, with serious wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A murder investigation, led by Lancashire police’s force major investigation team, was launched and a 19-year-old man from Preston was arrested on suspicion of murder.

Two other men, both aged 21 and from Preston, have now also been arrested on suspicion of murder.

A post-mortem examination showed Jonjo died as a result of a wound to the neck, caused by some sort of blade. He had also suffered a number of other injuries also caused by a blade.

The Evening Post understands that Jonjo, who lived nearby, had suffered horrific injuries in June last year after a machete attack, also in St Stephen’s Road. Two men were later jailed in connection with that incident.

Dozens of tributes have been paid via social media to Jonjo, understood to have had a young son, and flowers were placed on the street where he died.

Emma Whitlock wrote: “Another life gone, RIP Jonjo Highton. Sleep tight. My thoughts are with you and your family.”

Shannon Finley said: “Can’t believe it, taken far too soon. Sleep tight Jonjo, gone but never forgotten.”

Sarah Louise Fossey added: “Such sad news to hear about this. Taken away far too young. RIP Jonjo Highton - thoughts are with you and your family.”

Residents in St Stephen’s Road spoke of their shock at what had happened.

One neighbour said: “You never think this is going to happen on your doorstep.

“I heard about it when my daughter came in and said her friend had walked past and seen an ambulance and police. It’s awful.

“I won’t be able to sleep at night time. We are worried they are going to come back.

“It is really scary when it’s just on your doorstep.”

Police cordons and a white forensics tent were put up at the scene, and a number of extra reassurance patrols were in the area on Sunday.

The officer leading the investigation, Det Supt Eddie Thistlethwaite, said: “This young man suffered a brutal attack. I believe there were a number of people involved and we are working hard to identify the offenders.

“I would appeal for anyone with any information, however unimportant they feel it may be, to get in touch with us.”

Anyone with information should contact Lancashire Police on 101 quoting log number 1581 of Saturday, August 23 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 
 
 

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