Murder arrest made as injured Preston man found in Blackburn street dies

A Preston man found seriously injured in a Blackburn street sadly died yesterday after he was found unconscious on the pavement on December 27.

Tuesday, 29th December 2020, 4:44 pm
Updated Tuesday, 29th December 2020, 4:46 pm
58-year-old Nigel, from Preston, died yesterday

Nigel Scott, 58, who was from Preston, was found seriously injured at Clarendon Road East, Blackburn, on December 27 before being taken to hospital with severe head injuries.

He was pronounced dead yesterday, December 28.

Lancashire Police arrested a 32-year-old man from Preston initially on suspicion of wounding, but he has now been re-arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody.

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Detectives are continuing to appeal for any witnesses or anyone with CCTV or dashcam footage from the area to come forward.

Det Insp Mark Dickinson, of Lancashire Police's Force Major Investigation Team, said: “First and foremost my thoughts are with Mr Scott’s family and friends at this incredibly distressing time.

“Our investigation is very much ongoing and, although we have a suspect in custody, we are still asking for the public’s help to establish exactly what has gone on. I would ask anyone with information that could assist with this murder inquiry to come forward.

"Similarly, we would also ask people to check their CCTV or dashcam footage to see if they have captured anything that could be crucial to our investigation.

“I am aware this incident will have caused concern in the community, however, I can confirm that this is being treated as an isolated incident and there is not thought to be a wider threat to the public. Reassurance patrols will continue in the area in the coming days.”

In a tribute to the 58-year-old, Nigel’s family said: “We, as a family, are devastated by Nigel’s tragic and sudden death. Nigel was much loved by his mum June; children Danny, Lee, Danika and Tyler; niece Chantal; and nephew Paul.

"He will be missed by his family and many friends. We would ask that our privacy is respected at this time.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting log 0317 of December 27, 2020 or report it online here.

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