We are appealing for information following three incidents in Darwen this morning (Wednesday, December 4th) that we believe may be linked.
We were initially called at around 4.30am to reports of a robbery at the Shell garage on Blackburn Road, after it was reported that a man had entered the petrol station armed with a knife, before threatening the cashier.
While en route to the area we had a further report that someone had been assaulted in the same petrol station.
When we attended we found a man - a customer at the shop who is believed to be aged in his 50s - with a stab wound to his shoulder.
The offender had made off empty-handed.
The victim was taken to hospital for treatment and thankfully his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
While at the petrol station we were contacted again, at around 4.55am, to reports of an attempted break-in at an address on Hawkshaw Avenue, when a window had been smashed and somebody had been seen acting suspiciously close by.
We deployed a large number of officers to the area and a man aged 28 and from Liverpool was arrested a short time later on suspicion Robbery, Criminal damage and Assault . He remains in custody.
At this time we are treating the incidents as being connected.
Our enquiries are ongoing and we are now appealing for information from the public.
DI Scott Waddington, from Blackburn Police, said: “One man has suffered a serious injury, while several other people have been left extremely shaken by this morning’s events. We also know this will have been concerning for members of the public.
“Somebody is now in custody and are enquiries are very much ongoing to establish exactly what occurred. In the meantime we will have extra patrols in the area and anybody with concerns is welcome to speak to an officer.
“As part of our enquiries we are now appealing for information from the public and would like to speak to anyone who saw all or part of any of these incidents, or was in the area at around the same time and saw something that seemed suspicious.
“We’d also ask people to get in touch with us if they have dashcam or CCTV footage which may show something useful.”
Anybody with information is asked to contact us on 101, quoting log number 141 of December 4th.