Jogger stabbed in the head in East Lancs

A man has been stabbed in the head whilst jogging in East Lancashire at the weekend.

Monday, 15th March 2021, 10:15 am
Updated Monday, 15th March 2021, 10:32 am

Police say the 33-year-old was attacked whilst on a run in Accrington on Saturday evening (March 13).

The stabbing reportedly happened after an altercation between the jogger and the occupants of a Mercedes A45 AMG, between 5.30pm and 8pm near Whalley Road, Clayton-le-Moors.

He was attacked with a knife and suffered slash wounds to his head and legs, but managed to escape without serious injury.

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The stabbing reportedly happened after an altercation between the 33-year-old jogger and the occupants of a Mercedes A45 AMG, between 5.30pm and 8pm on Saturday (March 14) near the Greyhound Inn in Whalley Road, Clayton-le-Moors

A Lancashire Police appeal is underway as officers try to establish exactly what happened, but the force said it does not believe there is a threat to the wider public.

It is appealing for witnesses or for anyone with information to get in touch, as well as anyone with CCTV or dashcam footage.

A spokesperson for Lancashire Police said: "On Saturday, at some time between 5.30pm and 8pm, a man was attacked whilst out jogging in the local area.

"We know that the attack came after an altercation involving the jogger, 33, and either an individual or group of people in the area between the canal at the Altham Industrial Estate and the vicinity around the Greyhound Inn on Whalley Road.

"The victim suffered cuts to his head and to his legs.

"We are looking to speak to anyone who saw or knows about what happened as soon as possible.

"Did you see anything? Do you have the incident on CCTV or dashcam? If yes, we need to talk to you as you could hold vital information.

"We appreciate that this incident may have caused some concern in the community and we would like to reassure you that we are doing everything we can to get to the bottom of exactly what happened and why. We do not believe there is a threat to the wider public."

Anyone with information is asked to cal 101 quoting incident reference 1505 of March 13.

Alternatively, you can contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.