Ar­son­ists set fire to for­mer pub

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AMAN was stabbed in the street in skelmers­dale after re­fus­ing to hand over cash. Lan­cashire po­lice are ap­peal­ing for in­for­ma­tion fol­low­ing the at­tempted rob­bery.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred at about 11pm on Fri­day (Septem­ber 22) in Fel­tons, in Skelmers­dale, when two men, aged 32 and 35, were ap­proached by four other men and or­dered to hand over money.

When one of the vic­tims re­fused, he was threat­ened with a craft knife-type weapon.

He at­tempted to dis­arm the of­fender who was hold­ing the knife, at which point a sec­ond of­fender slashed him to his lower back, caus­ing a mi­nor cut. The vic­tims then fled the scene. The four male of­fend­ers are de­scribed as be­ing around 5ft 5in, or shorter, and all wear­ing dark cloth­ing with hoods up and their faces cov­ered. They all spoke with lo­cal ac­cents. The weapons are de­scribed as craft or wall­pa­per knives that did not ap­pear to have han­dles.

Det Con Peter Mac­don­ald, of Skelmers­dale po­lice, said: “The vic­tim has been left shaken after be­ing threat­ened and suf­fer­ing a slash wound to his back.

“Thank­fully his in­juries have not re­quired fur­ther treat­ment.

“We would now like to hear from any­one with in­for­ma­tion which can help our in­quiries.

“Maybe you know who the of­fend­ers might be, or were in the area at the time and saw some­thing sus­pi­cious.

“If you know any­thing at all we would like to hear from you.”

Any­body with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact us on 101, quot­ing log num­ber 1733 of Septem­ber 22. AR­SON­ISTS started a fire at a derelict pub in Birch Green in Skelmers­dale.

Fire­fight­ers were called out at 1.43pm on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 7.

A Lan­cashire Fire & Res­cue Ser­vice spokesman said: “Two fire en­gines and crews were as­signed to a fire in a derelict pub, the Sil­ver Birch.

“Fire­fight­ers equipped with breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tus used a hosereel jet to ex­tin­guish the fire, which had been started de­lib­er­ately. There were no ca­su­al­ties.

“Po­lice were no­ti­fied of the sus­pected ar­son.”

Any­one with any in­for­ma­tion about the blaze is asked to call Skelmers­dale po­lice on 101.

Fel­tons in Skelmers­dale, where a man was stabbed dur­ing an at­tempted rob­bery

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