Wedding guest in wine glass assault

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A wedding guest had to undergo emergency surgery after being hit with a wine glass.

Mark Bennett, 28, sustained ‘serious’ face and throat injuries after being attacked during the evening celebrations in a marquee on land near Windtop Farm in Wrea Green.

Paramedics took Mr Bennett, who lives in Blackpool, to the major trauma unit at Royal Preston Hosptial.

He is now understood to be recovering after surgery which involved staples being inserted into his neck. Among those who tended to Mr Bennett following the incident last Saturday night was John Phelan, a retained firefighter from Lytham.

Mr Phelan’s brother-in-law Richard Shephard, who arrived at the scene off Brown Lane shortly after the incident, said: “I was there to pick up my girlfriend’s sister and her husband from the wedding.

“When I arrived it was pandemonium. There were seven police cars and an ambulance were there.

“I just saw that the man who had been attacked had a bandage around his neck, but blood was spurting out.”

A Lancashire police spokesman said: “The victim and the suspect were both at a wedding and there was an altercation between the two.

“A 28-year-old man has been struck in the face and neck area with a wine glass and received a serious wound to his throat. He received first aid at the scene and was later taken to hospital for an operation.

“Police attended and a 21-year-old man from the Kirkham area was arrested on suspicion of Section 18 wounding with intent.” The man was later bailed until June 24.

A North West Ambulance Service spokeswoman said a rapid response vehicle and an ambulance with an incident manager were deployed to the scene following a call from a wedding guest at 10.12pm.

She said she understood that a qualified nurse, possibly another wedding guest, was also helping at the scene, adding: “We put Royal Preston Hospital, which has a major trauma unit, on alert and paramedics spent 15 minutes trying to stabilise the man at the scene and suppress the bleeding before taking him to hospital.”