Accrington barman dragged into alleyway and stabbed

Joseph Allen was attacked as he walked home

Joseph Allen was attacked as he walked home

First published in North West The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A MAN was dragged into an alleyway and stabbed in an unprovoked assault in Accrington town centre, police said.

Barman Joseph Allen was walking home from a late shift at a local pub when he was jumped from behind yards from his front door around 3.30am.

The 26-year-old, of Wellington Street has spoken of his horror at realising the unknown man had stabbed him and his theory the assault may have been a case of mistaken identity.

He said: “Some guy dragged me into an alley, and I got hit in the face.

“He used a sharp object on me and told me to keep my mouth shut.

“There wasn’t even an attempt to take my phone or wallet.”

Joseph managed to push the attacker off, and ran into a nearby business for help.

Staff administered first aid to stop a six or seven centimetre cut on his side from bleeding, and called an ambulance,.

Joseph required hospital treatment for his injuries, and he said the attack has left him fearful when walking at night.

He said: “I hope they catch him because it could happen to someone else, and next time they might not be as lucky as I was.

“Work have been very good and let me have a bit of time, but when I go back to work I’m finding different ways to walk home every night.”

Det Con Tony Roberts, from CID, appealed for anybody with information about the attack, which happened on July 13, to come forward.

He said: “It appears this was a completely unprovoked and nasty attack.

“We have done house to house inquiries and looked at CCTV and we are now asking if anybody might have seen anything at that time of the morning to come forward.”

Anybody with information should call 101 or the Crimestoppers line anonymously on 0800 555111.

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12:44pm Fri 25 Jul 14

ossym says...

Good of the LT to publishnhis address. (NOT)
Good of the LT to publishnhis address. (NOT) ossym
  • Score: 6

1:41pm Fri 25 Jul 14

thoroughbred says...

ossym wrote:
Good of the LT to publishnhis address. (NOT)
It at least warns people of the area to be aware when walking alone.

Get taxis in future Joseph, the area is full of evil scumbags, for the sake of 3 quid, your life is worth more than that!
[quote][p][bold]ossym[/bold] wrote: Good of the LT to publishnhis address. (NOT)[/p][/quote]It at least warns people of the area to be aware when walking alone. Get taxis in future Joseph, the area is full of evil scumbags, for the sake of 3 quid, your life is worth more than that! thoroughbred
  • Score: 10

5:23pm Fri 25 Jul 14

moxhie says...

Isn't it time we were able to walk with safety on our streets at any time ?

Isn't living in peace , protected by law and order , a basic right of citizens ?

If so , why don't the powers that be pull their finger out and do something worthwhile for once ?
Isn't it time we were able to walk with safety on our streets at any time ? Isn't living in peace , protected by law and order , a basic right of citizens ? If so , why don't the powers that be pull their finger out and do something worthwhile for once ? moxhie
  • Score: 9

5:29pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Owd Akela says...

Nil carborundum desperandum illigitimus (or something similar). I was attacked aged 17 and dragged down a back. The guy pistol whipped me (yes with a gun way back in the 70s). I can walk past anyone carrying a firearm but let me see anyone wearing a balaclava/ski mask/ full face bike visor helmet and I shudder.

I went out the night after but carried a knife in my bag and when I got off the bus the knife went in my bag out of its sheath. Highly illegal I know but he weren't going to get me twice!!

Good luck, watch your back and be aware of who's around you and avoid walking across the tops of backs - if necessary walk down the middle of the road - you may get stopped by the police like I did twice but it gives you a bit wider peripheral vision.
Nil carborundum desperandum illigitimus (or something similar). I was attacked aged 17 and dragged down a back. The guy pistol whipped me (yes with a gun way back in the 70s). I can walk past anyone carrying a firearm but let me see anyone wearing a balaclava/ski mask/ full face bike visor helmet and I shudder. I went out the night after but carried a knife in my bag and when I got off the bus the knife went in my bag out of its sheath. Highly illegal I know but he weren't going to get me twice!! Good luck, watch your back and be aware of who's around you and avoid walking across the tops of backs - if necessary walk down the middle of the road - you may get stopped by the police like I did twice but it gives you a bit wider peripheral vision. Owd Akela
  • Score: 6

11:54pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Steven11 says...

Owd Akela wrote:
Nil carborundum desperandum illigitimus (or something similar). I was attacked aged 17 and dragged down a back. The guy pistol whipped me (yes with a gun way back in the 70s). I can walk past anyone carrying a firearm but let me see anyone wearing a balaclava/ski mask/ full face bike visor helmet and I shudder.

I went out the night after but carried a knife in my bag and when I got off the bus the knife went in my bag out of its sheath. Highly illegal I know but he weren't going to get me twice!!

Good luck, watch your back and be aware of who's around you and avoid walking across the tops of backs - if necessary walk down the middle of the road - you may get stopped by the police like I did twice but it gives you a bit wider peripheral vision.
How do you feel when you see a BHURKA coming towards you . It just isn't right .
[quote][p][bold]Owd Akela[/bold] wrote: Nil carborundum desperandum illigitimus (or something similar). I was attacked aged 17 and dragged down a back. The guy pistol whipped me (yes with a gun way back in the 70s). I can walk past anyone carrying a firearm but let me see anyone wearing a balaclava/ski mask/ full face bike visor helmet and I shudder. I went out the night after but carried a knife in my bag and when I got off the bus the knife went in my bag out of its sheath. Highly illegal I know but he weren't going to get me twice!! Good luck, watch your back and be aware of who's around you and avoid walking across the tops of backs - if necessary walk down the middle of the road - you may get stopped by the police like I did twice but it gives you a bit wider peripheral vision.[/p][/quote]How do you feel when you see a BHURKA coming towards you . It just isn't right . Steven11
  • Score: 7

3:49pm Sat 26 Jul 14

The Seagull has landed says...

moxhie wrote:
Isn't it time we were able to walk with safety on our streets at any time ?

Isn't living in peace , protected by law and order , a basic right of citizens ?

If so , why don't the powers that be pull their finger out and do something worthwhile for once ?
Let's have your suggestions as to what the powers that be can do?
[quote][p][bold]moxhie[/bold] wrote: Isn't it time we were able to walk with safety on our streets at any time ? Isn't living in peace , protected by law and order , a basic right of citizens ? If so , why don't the powers that be pull their finger out and do something worthwhile for once ?[/p][/quote]Let's have your suggestions as to what the powers that be can do? The Seagull has landed
  • Score: 2

5:11pm Sat 26 Jul 14

moxhie says...

The Seagull has landed wrote:
moxhie wrote:
Isn't it time we were able to walk with safety on our streets at any time ?

Isn't living in peace , protected by law and order , a basic right of citizens ?

If so , why don't the powers that be pull their finger out and do something worthwhile for once ?
Let's have your suggestions as to what the powers that be can do?
Enforce the law .
[quote][p][bold]The Seagull has landed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]moxhie[/bold] wrote: Isn't it time we were able to walk with safety on our streets at any time ? Isn't living in peace , protected by law and order , a basic right of citizens ? If so , why don't the powers that be pull their finger out and do something worthwhile for once ?[/p][/quote]Let's have your suggestions as to what the powers that be can do?[/p][/quote]Enforce the law . moxhie
  • Score: 3

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