A landlady who came to the aid of a young man stabbed behind her historic pub today described the ordeal as “horrible”.
Angela Reid, who runs the grade II Listed Black Horse pub in Preston city centre, battled to help the 18-year-old, who witnesses say was attacked by a group on Lowthian Street, behind the premises.
The victim has undergone surgery for a serious stomach wound at the Royal Preston Hospital and is said to be in a serious condition.
Angela said: “It’s only hit me today.
“Realising the young lad could have died is just horrible.”
Her proud husband Graham, who was wrapping Christmas presents when the fracas broke out, said: “Fortunately she is trained in advanced first aid - she could have saved his life.
“Another employee and Angela heard the ruckus outside.”
Today Det Insp Richard McCutcheon, of Lancashire Police, said: “We are continuing to question five people who were arrested on Monday.
“The victim had had surgery for his injury and his family are aware of what’s happened.
“We are still investigating a motive.”
Police were called to Lowthian Street at around 5pm on Monday over reports of a fight behind the pub.
Five men aged between 13 and 25 have been arrested on suspicion of section 18 wounding with intent and are still being quizzed in custody.
Anyone with information should contact police on 101.