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Fist-fight linked to Accrington machete attack
A MACHETE attack which caused the victim ‘life-changing’ injuries is being linked to an organised fist fight the day before, police have said.
Officers said the 26-year-old victim, who was in a serious condition in hospital yesterday, was targeted in ‘retaliation’ for intervening in the scrap.
They are also investigating whether a video of a fight, which was uploaded to YouTube and seen by the Lancashire Telegraph, could be linked to the repeated stabbing of the man as he sat in his car.
Detectives said the victim, who has been named locally as Liam, suffered severe injuries to his arm and leg in the incident in Brown Street, Accrington.
It is understood the victim intervened in the fight at a gym when it appeared his friend was losing.
Police said they were looking into whether he may have been attacked as revenge.
The footage under examination, which is almost six minutes long, shows a bare knuckle fight between two men.
They are egged on by a crowd of 10 to 15 people, many of whom were filming the fight on their mobile phones. One onlooker shouts: “Go on, get him.”
Others offer advice to the two fighters.
The pair spar for several minutes, but around half way through the video, another man intervenes by breaking the pair up.
One man can be heard saying: “This is training man, what are you doing?” After a few moments’ rest, the fight begins again, with one man wiping what appears to be blood from his head.
They continue for a few seconds when he walks away and says: “I give up.”
The video, which has been taken off the internet, has been handed to police.Police have not suggested that the two men seen fighting were suspected of involvement in the attack. A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “There was a fight between two men.
It was a pre-arranged fight.They were scrapping and then somebody intervened in the fight.
“The attack with the machete the next day was retaliation for intervening in the scrap.
“We are looking for one person in particular who we believe was involved in the attack.
“The victim has wounds consistent with being attacked with a machete and he has life-changing injuries to his arm and his leg.”
The stabbing happened around 5.45pm last Tuesday.
Police said a gang surrounded the victim in his car before setting on him with the machete.
They fled in a Vauxhall Vectra before dumping the weapon and two knives more than a mile away in the Leeds and Liverpool Canal near the Albion Pub, in Clayton-le Moors.
Detectives are appealing for anybody with information to call them on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.