Burnley man admits knife terror murder bid on shopkeeper

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A Burnley man pleaded guilty to trying to kill a Burnley shopkeeper in a “racist” knife attack

Anthony Doran (45) of Kime Street, admitted the attempted murder charge when he appeared at Preston Crown Court.

Doran burst into Singh Stores in Padiham Road brandishing a kitchen knife around 9am on May 15th last year.

He walked up to store owner Bhag Singh (45) and made racist remarks that he wanted to kill people of his race, police said.

Doran then launched at the father-of-three 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.

He was sentenced to a hospital order at Preston Crown Court.

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 today comes as a welcome conclusion to the matter.”

Det. Chief Insp Hall added: “Lancashire Constabulary will always robustly investigate matters of hate crime and will continue to support victims and bring offenders to justice wherever we can. We have specialist teams of hate crime and diversity officers across the county.”