THREE teenagers have been charged with attempted murder after a 16-year-old boy was stabbed and left fighting for his life in Preston.
The victim remains in a critical condition after he was found with stab wounds to his chest and legs when officers were called to a house in Chatham Place just before 6pm on December 23.
He was treated at the scene before he was rushed to hospital, where he is fighting for his life with his family at his bedside.
Jamie Dixon, 18, alongside a 16-year-old boy and 17-year-old boy who cannot be identified for legal reasons, have been charged with attempted murder.
They are due to appear before Preston Magistrates on December 28.
Dixon, from Leyland, and the 16-year-old boy from Preston were both arrested on suspicion of attempted murder on December 24.
The 17-year-old was also arrested on Christmas Eve on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.
A 20-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman, both from Preston, were arrested on December 26 on suspicion of assisting an offender.
They have been released under investigation.
A 36-year-old woman from Leyland, also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender on December 24, has been released pending investigation.
DCI Lee Wilson, of the Force Major Investigation Team, said: "This incident has left a teenage boy battling for his life and my thoughts are with him and his family at this extremely distressing time.
"While we have now made a number of arrests, our enquiries are very much ongoing.
"This appears to have been an attack on a defenceless young man and while we remain open-minded as to why this has happened, I want to appeal to the community of Preston and, in particular Deepdale, to come forward if they have any information that could assist us in bringing those responsible to justice.
"I want to reassure members of the public that if they come forward and assist us with any information that this will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.
"I would urge the public not to assume the police already know what they need in relation to this investigation and no matter how insignificant it may seem to them the information they hold could be crucial to establishing the facts of what occurred."
Officers said the victim and alleged perpetrators know each other and they are not looking for other suspects.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting log 0575 of December 24, 2020, or report it via the major incident portal at https://mipp.police.uk/operation/0401020120S05-PO1.
Alternatively call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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