A popular shopkeeper has relived the moment he was nearly murdered in a frenzied racist knife attack.
Mr Bhag Singh (45) spoke to the Express after the news his attacker had been sentenced to a hospital order by a court.
The Indian-born father-of-three was working in his shop Singh Stores in Padiham Road when Anthony Doran burst in brandishing a kitchen knife on May 15th last year.
Doran (45) of Kime Street pleaded guilty to trying to kill Mr Singh in a “racist” knife attack when he faced an attempted murder charge at Preston Crown Court.
Mr Singh said: “I am relieved this man is now being kept away from the public. I had no grudge against him, but the incident was terrifying.
“I would like to thank the local community, fellow traders and customers who helped on the day, and who have been asking how I am since.
“I have lived and worked here for 10 years now and would like to think I am a respected member of the community.”
The court heard how Doran had walked up to Mr Singh, who previously lived in Leicester, and made racist remarks that he wanted to kill people of his race.
Doran then launched at Mr Singh and tried to stab him with the weapon during a fierce struggle.
Mr Singh managed to fend off the knifeman and alert passers-by. Doran was disarmed and restrained until police arrived and arrested him.
The shopkeeper added: “I am still afraid to work behind the counter on my own, but I am starting to feel more confident again.
“It was a terrible ordeal, there were children in the shop at the time, but thankfully no-one was hurt.”
Det. Chief Insp Sion Hall said: “Mr Singh and his family were doing what they always do on that dreadful day in May, serving the community within which they work and live.
“It is only through the quick thinking and bravery of Mr Singh and an extremely brave member of the public that we weren’t dealing with fatalities.
“This whole experience has been a particularly traumatic one for Mr Singh and his family and the sentence passed down comes as a welcome conclusion to the matter.”