22/01/2008

Teenager Critical After Knife Attack

Lancashire police are appealing for information after a 14-year-old girl was left in critical condition after a frenzied knife attack in Chorley.

At around 5.15pm on Monday the teenager was found with multiple stab wounds by a passer by in Astley Park.

She was given first aid at the scene by the member of the public who also alerted the emergency services.

The girl was taken to Chorley Hospital where she has undergone surgery and is said to be in a critical condition.

Detective Superintendent Steve Brunskill, leading the police investigation, said: "This is a particularly nasty assault on a defenceless young girl.

"I am appealing for anyone who was in the Astley Village or Astley Park area between 4.30pm and 5.30pm yesterday to contact the incident room at Chorley.

"I am particularly interested to hear from anyone who may have seen any suspicious behaviour or who has noticed anything in the area recently that has aroused their suspicion."

Mr Brunskill added: "In particular, if you know of anyone who returned home after 5.15pm yesterday in an agitated state, who may also have been blood-stained, then we need to speak to you."

Officers are currently with the girl's family at hospital and are waiting to speak to the teenager to find out what happened.

(CD)

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