Reward in Lancashire attempted murder probe

A £5,000 reward is being offered for information about the attempted murder of a man in his home in Lancashire.

Police were called to reports three men had broken into his house on Coleridge Street, Blackburn, at 01:00 GMT on Sunday.

The 41-year-old man was found with multiple injuries and remains in a critical condition in hospital, police said.

Seven men, aged 17 to 42, all from Blackburn, have been arrested.

They are being questioned on suspicion of attempted murder.

'Brutal attack'

The reward is being offered by charity Crimestoppers for "information given anonymously that leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for the brutal attack".

Det Supt Paul Withers said: "This was a very vicious and brutal attack which has left the man fighting for his life.

"Three men were seen at the premises but it is possible that not all the men were involved in the assault and therefore could be key witnesses.

"I would appeal directly to these people to come forward or anybody that witnessed this assault."

Police said they believe the three men ran from the house in the direction of Stansfield Street following the attack.

The first man is described as aged between 25 and 30 with short brown hair, which was longer on top. The other two men are described as around 6ft tall with a heavy build. All three were white with local accents, police said.

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