Two men arrested after 20-year-old is hospitalised following serious assault in Preston

Two men have been arrested after a 20-year-old was seriously assaulted in Preston city centre.

Wednesday, 19th February 2020, 12:20 pm
Updated Wednesday, 19th February 2020, 12:21 pm
A 20-year-old man was seriously assaulted at the junction with Church Street and Avenham Street in Preston at around 2.40am on Sunday (February 16)

At around 2.40am on Sunday (February 16) a 20-year-old man was seriously assaulted at the junction with Church Street and Avenham Street, close to the Co-Op bank.

The man suffered several cuts, facial fractures and bleeds on the brain in the assault.

He was taken to Royal Preston Hospital by ambulance for treatment, where he underwent emergency surgery.

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Police said he remains in hospital and described his current condition as 'poorly'.

Two other men, aged 19 and 20, were also attacked during the incident and suffered minor injuries.

Lancashire Police said it has arrested two men in connection with the incident.

The men, aged 20 and 22, both from Blackburn, were arrested on suspicion of assault.

They have since been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Detectives are appealing for information and want to speak to any witnesses to come forward.

Temp Det Sgt Richard Shires, of Preston CID, said: "We are appealing for witnesses as part of an assault investigation in Preston.

"A man has been left with serious injuries following the assault.

"While we have made some arrests, we believe other individuals could have been involved and I’m keen to speak to any witnesses who could assist with our investigation.

"I know a number of people would have been in and around the area.

"They will have seen what happened and can help with our enquiries."

Anyone with information can contact police on (01772) 209803 or email [email protected] quoting log 0178 of February 16.

Alternatively you can contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.