Preston's knife crime epidemic: A timeline of attacks

March 4: Seven arrests after rampage outside Runshaw College
March 4: Seven arrests after rampage outside Runshaw College
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Over the past two months, there have been no fewer than 14 incidents connected to knife crime and violent incidents involving teenagers across Preston.

Here the Post looks at a timeline of knife crime in the city since February 28.

Police on the streets of Penwortham on March 26

Police on the streets of Penwortham on March 26

April 7: Boy, 17, stabbed after being chased through streets for his bicycle. READ MORE

March 31: Two 16 year olds arrested over the stabbing of a 17-year-old girl in Fulwood. READ MORE

March 27: Six men are arrested in dawn raids as part of an investigation into an organised criminal gang in Preston. READ MORE

March 24: A stop and search operation was carried out by police at Preston railway station after reports of youths on board an incoming train were armed with “improvised weapons”. A table leg was seized from two teenage boys. READ MORE

B&M Home Store, near where a 17-year-old boy was stabbed on April 7. Pic Google Maps

B&M Home Store, near where a 17-year-old boy was stabbed on April 7. Pic Google Maps

March 23: A man is tasered by police after repeatedly stabbing himself in the neck in Preston. READ MORE

March 22: More than 30 people are stopped and searched by police in the Callon, Fishwick and Deepdale areas of Preston after a section 60 order is authorised.

March 18: A 16-year-old boy is arrested after he allegedly threatened to kill a 16-year-old pupil at Christ the King High School in Preston.

March 16: Police seize two knives, an imitation firearm, drugs paraphernalia and mixing agents whilst carrying out ‘proactive checks’ in Preston.

March 15: Four teenagers, aged 15 to 18, are arrested and knives and drugs seized by officers during stop and search patrols in the Avenham area of Preston. READ MORE

March 10: Seven teenage boys are arrested in connection with a ‘targeted’ knife attack in Ribbleton, Preston.

March 8: A 17-year-old boy is stabbed in a targeted attack in Ribbleton, Preston.

March 4: Seven people are arrested after two rival gangs confront each other with weapons near Runshaw College in Leyland. READ MORE

March 4: Four teens from Preston are charged after a man is chased near Cardinal Newman College and threatened with a knife and a baseball bat.

February 28: An 18-year-old man is abducted at knifepoint in Walton Avenue, Penwortham, before being stabbed in the face and dumped at Roman Way Industrial Estate in Preston.