Man stabbed in leg during street argument

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DETECTIVES are appealing for witnesses after an 18-year-old man was stabbed in the leg following an altercation in the street.

The incident happened at 1-10 a.m. on Wednesday when the victim and his three friends became involved in an argument with an Asian man near to the Baltic Fleet pub, Briercliffe Road.

The Asian man then stabbed the 18-year-old twice in the leg before fleeing. The victim was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital where he had eight stitches and four stiches in two wounds on his leg.

DC John McNamara, of Burnley CID, said: “We cannot tolerate this kind of behaviour. It is an extremely serious offence to attack someone with a knife or blade.

“There are arteries in the legs so this man’s injuries could have been a lot worse. We need to get to the bottom of what happened and we are appealing for anyone who may have seen anything.”

The Asian man is described as around 5ft.11in. and was wearing a “Dappy” style hat with flaps covering the ears.

Anyone with information can call Burnley CID on 472190 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.