Detectives are appealing for witnesses and video footage following incidents of disorder in Blackburn yesterday (May 31).
At approximately 5om officers were called to Fishmoor Drive to reports a glass bottle had been thrown at a car, smashing a window and hitting a child. Thankfully, the child was not seriously hurt.
At 8.34pm officers were then called to reports that a number of people were fighting, some with weapons, in Arran Avenue, and a Mercedes car and a house had been damaged.
When officers arrived they found the passenger of a Volkswagen Golf, a 36-year-old man from Blackburn, had suffered a single stab wound to the upper body. He was taken to hospital where he remains in a serious but stable condition.
An imitation firearm was recovered from the scene.
Four people have been arrested in connection with the incidents. Two men from Blackburn, aged 26 and 28, have been arrested on suspicion of GBH, a 37-year-old man from Blackburn has been arrested on suspicion of a firearm offence, and a 20-year-old woman from Blackburn has been arrested on suspicion of affray. They all remain in custody.
Det Insp Andy Horne, of East CID, said: “This completely unacceptable behaviour has left a man with serious injuries, which could very easily have proved to be fatal.
“I know this kind of behaviour will have been of concern to the community but I would like to stress that they are both being treated as isolated incidents and there is not thought to be any wider threat to the public. Nonetheless reassurance patrols have been stepped up in the area.
“While we have made a number of arrests, we are still working to establish exactly a full picture of what has gone on. I would ask any witnesses or anybody with CCTV, dashcam or CCTV footage which could assist our investigation to contact the police as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information is asked to email [email protected] or call 101, quoting log 1661 of May 31, 2021.