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Man's face slashed in Blackburn attack
11:00am Saturday 10th August 2013 in News
A MAN was slashed across the face with a knife when he was attacked at his home.
Emergency services were called to Mill Lane, in Blackburn, yesterday (Fri) after reports the 35-year-old victim had received a serious cut to his left cheek.
Witnesses said the man, who was named locally as Baz, was covered in blood as he got into an ambulance.
Detectives had not been able to interview the victim last night as he had been taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital and was undergoing emergency surgery.
A worker at the UK Pawnbrokers shop, on the corner of Mill Lane and Darwen Road, said his son had noticed paramedics arriving at around 9.40am.
He said: “The man was covered in blood and he had lots of towels on him.
“His face had been slashed and it looked like he was in a bad way.
“It looked like he might have put his arm up to defend himself because there was blood on his arm too.
“The man lives in one of the flats in Mill Lane.
“I spoke to one of the tenants and they said they heard the screams. It was really bad.”
Police were hoping to be able to speak to the victim, who is being treated at the Royal Blackburn Hospital, today (Sat).
An investigation has been launched and detectives are studying CCTV in the town centre to try and identify the attacker.
Det sgt Adrian McHugh, from Lancashire Police’s eastern division CID, said: “This was an extremely violent attack where a man sustained a serious injury and required immediate treatment.
“We were called by a neighbour of the victim at 9.40am and there was quite an amount of blood.
“He was taken straight through to hospital and we have only been able to have a brief chat with him because he was quickly given pain killers and surgery.
“If anybody was in Darwen Street or the area around it at around 9.30am yesterday (Fri), I would urge them to contact us.”
Anybody with information should call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.