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Appeal for information after Preston assault

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

We are appealing for witnesses or anybody with footage to get in touch following an assault in Preston.

It was reported to us that sometime between 8pm and 8.30pm on Friday, June 12th a group of young men – three on foot and two in a car - had been seen interacting on the corner of Muncaster Road and Lovat Road, before one of the men in the car, described as young and Asian, was pulled from the vehicle and assaulted.

The group on foot then made off from the area.

It was separately reported that at around the same time a young man had been seen in possession of a handgun - now believed to have been a BB gun – and that threats had been made towards members of the public.

We are treating the incidents as linked.

Our investigation is very much ongoing and six people have since been arrested. They are a 12-year-old boy, a 38-year-old woman and a 36-year-old man, all from Preston and all arrested on suspicion of possession of firearms offences; two 16-year-old boys from Preston arrested on suspicion of affray and possession of firearms offences and a 17-year-old boy from Darwen arrested on suspicion of breach of bail. They have since been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

We are now asking for the public’s help and would like to hear from anybody who saw the incident, or saw anything suspicious in the area at around the same time. Similarly, we would also like to hear from anybody who has mobile phone, CCTV or dashcam footage showing the incident.

Sgt Adam Smith, of Preston Police, said: “We received a number of reports by concerned members of the public, who saw someone in possession of what they believed was a gun, and who also saw a young man being subjected to a vicious assault.

“Firstly, we have yet to trace the victim of the assault and are now asking them, or anybody who knows who they may be, to get in touch with us.

“Secondly, we are asking anybody with information, or anybody who saw the incidents and has not yet spoken to officers, to contact us as soon as possible. This includes people who have mobile phone, CCTV or dashcam footage of either the incidents themselves, or of the moments before and after they occurred.

“Whatever you know, please get in touch as soon as possible.”

Anybody with information is asked to call 101, quoting log number 1192 of June 12th. Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be reached anonymously on 0800 555 111 or at crimestoppers-uk.org.


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