Aug 29 2013 by Sophie McCoid, Skelmersdale Advertiser
A TEENAGER is in hospital with a punctured lung after being stabbed by a gang.
The 18-year-old was cycling near a chip shop in Ennerdale, Skelmersdale, on Thursday evening (August 22) when he was approached by a group of men.
The men began shouting and cursing at him at around 10pm near to Tanhouse Fish and Chip shop.
When he tried to ride away, they repeatedly hit him on the back of the head before stabbing him in his back and leg.
He suffered a punctured lung and deep cuts to his lower back and leg leaving him needing surgery.
He was taken by paramedics to hospital where he remains almost a week later.
It is believed the people involved are known to each other but this is yet to be confirmed.
Police are appealing for witnesses following this serious assault.
Three men aged 26, 28 and 28 from Skelmersdale have been arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent and have been released on bail pending further enquiries.
Detective Sergeant Andy Langton said: “This is an incredibly serious assault which has resulted in the 18-year-old man suffering a number of serious injuries.
“If anybody was in the area around the time of the assault and believes they may have seen the group of men involved, then I would urge them to contact police.
“I am also keen to speak to anybody who thinks they may have any information at all which they think could help with our investigation.”
The assault comes after a campaign by police to reassure residents of Skelmersdale that they are working hard to fight crime in the area.
Officers have been interacting with the community and mounted horse patrols have become a regular sight on Skem’s streets.
Labour Cllr Hennessy for Tanhouse ward said: “I was made aware of the assault on the 18-year-old by police and I think it’s very sad.
“The police have been brilliant over the past couple of weeks and this is hopefully a one-off incident.
“The force is working very hard in our community and are supporting us to stamp this kind of behaviour.”
Anybody with any information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.