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Pair arrested over stabbing at nightclub in seaside town

A teenage boy and a man from Birmingham have been arrested after a man suffered serious stab wounds at Blackpool’s largest nightclub.

Lancashire Constabulary initially said officers were alerted to the assault at the Flying Handbag gay bar, in Queen Street, at 5.15am today(December 5) – but corrected it to say it was at neighbouring Flamingo nightclub.

A man in his 20s suffered a stab wound to his lower back and remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

Read more: Murder probe after man stabbed to death at Bartley Green address

Police said two people from Birmingham were arrested at the scene – a 29-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy – on suspicion of assault GBH. They both remain in custody.

Flamingo nightclub, close to Blackpool North train station and a few streets from the main seafront promenade, is a huge nightclub set across five levels with four bars, three DJs and two dance floors.

It is built in one of the countries largest cinemas and used to be the town’s largest gay bar before changing to cater for all clubbers.

Saturday night’s event was promoted as having DJ Gaz Peck for a mix of house and dance music along with Blackpool’s biggest laser show.

The Flamingo nightclub where police were alerted to this morning, December 5, 2021

Det Chief Insp Lee Wilson, of Blackpool Police, said: “A man is in hospital being treated for his injuries and an investigation has been launched to establish what occurred and who is responsible.

“We appreciate this will have caused concern in the community but we will have extra patrols in the area to offer reassurance, and anybody with concerns or questions is welcome to speak to an officer.

“Two men arrested at the scene remain in police custody. We are now asking anybody with information to get in touch with us as soon as possible.

“Perhaps you saw the incident, caught something on mobile phone footage that could help our investigation, or perhaps you think you know who is responsible. Whatever information you have please come forward in confidence and let us know.”

The Flying Handbag management team put out a statement saying: “There was a an incident at 5.15am and it’s being reported as it was at The Flying Handbag. This is not true. The incident took place at Flamingo. We were closed at 4am (like every Saturday).”

Anybody with information is asked to call 101, quoting log 275 for December 5.

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