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A man has been stabbed outside the McDonalds in Preston City Centre. Roads in the city centre have been closed whilst police investigate, and a man has been arrested in connection with the incident. It comes less than a year after a teenager was stabbed on Lowthian Street after a dispute.

A first year UCLan student was witness to the incident and commented,

“I was walking to Mcdonalds noticed a teen boy hyperventalating.

“I thought he was having a panic attack but when I walked up closer he had his arm lifted and his coat was being taken off.

“When his coat was removed there was a large gash under his shoulder.

“It was quite big, you could see everything inside.

“A man was seen helping to reduce blood loss and a few minutes later an ambulance arrived

“With chatter of the teenager falling unconscious in the ambulance before it set off.”

A UCLan masters student also witnessed the incident and said,

“I was ordering my burger and some kids who were at the front started shouting “ring stabbing maccies snapchatan ambulance”

“I didn’t see the person who was stabbed because there was quite a few people around him already “including some Maccies staff who were helping them so I didn’t go over, I got my food and went upstairs “out of the way.

“I knew they were stabbed because a member of staff came upstairs and told a group of kids.

“When I was leaving, the ambulance was still out front and the police were taking statements from everyone that was outside and from those who helped the victim, but we didn’t hang around.

“The alley opposite Nero was cordoned off too.”

At 7PM, a spokesperson for Lancashire Police commented,

“We are currently dealing with an incident near to the McDonalds restaurant in Friargate.

“We have a male with a stab type injury. He is being treated by ambulance personnel at the scene. I have no reports about how serious his injuries are.

“We have just arrested one suspect nearby.

“We are in the initial stages of the investigation at the moment.”

Force Incident Manager Inspector Martin Bishop said,

“Lowthian Street will be closed for the foreseeable future while we begin this investigation. We are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident at this time.”

A member of staff at The Black Horse Hotel has said,

“We don’t know what happened. We heard someone was injured, but we didn’t see any ambulances or anything. We’re only going off what the police are chatting about. The police are checking our CCTV now but it’s not the best.”

The victim has been taken to Royal Preston Hospital but the extent of his injuries is unknown.

This is a breaking story and will be updated as details arise

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Joe Young has been involved with student media for a very long time now, holding posts within The Pulse, and Pulse Radio, as well as the predecessor of The Pulse, Pluto. He is currently Politics Editor of The Pulse, and Head of News of Pulse Radio. In 2016, he won the Media Award for Best Article for his coverage of the Fishergate Shopping Centre bomb scare.

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