TWO men have been arrested following an attempted murder in Blackburn.

The arrests came after a 22-year-old man was found with several stab wounds in Ballantrae Road at 11.15pm on Sunday.

While en route to the scene police found a Kia Picanto, which had been involved in a crash with a Ford Transit van in Rothesay Road, Blackburn.

Inside the Kia, which had been abandoned by its occupants, officers found a weapon, which is thought to have been used in the stabbing.

The occupants of the Kia, a 25-year-old man from Blackburn and a 27-year-old man from Rishton, were traced by police and arrested in connection with the attempted murder. They have been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Detectives believe that a number of people witnessed the stabbing but are still to come forward.

The 22-year-old victim was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital with serious injuries to his chest, back and legs.

Detectives believe the stabbing and crash are linked.

Det Sgt Mark Holland said: “An investigation is underway after a man was seriously assaulted in Blackburn.

“Around the same time as the report was made to police, a Kia Picanto collided with a Ford Transit van in Rothesay Road.

“When officers attended the scene, a number of residents were seen in the street. We believe some of these individuals could have seen what happened and can assist our investigation.

“Anyone with information, no matter how seemingly insignificant, is urged to come forward. Any reports made to police will be treated in the strictest confidence.”

Witnesses can call police on 101 or email quoting log 1603 of October 7. Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111.