Lancashire

Nurse stabbed to death in Blackpool hospital car park

Scene of fatal stabbing in Blackpool Victoria Hospital car park
Image caption Police believe the nurse was known to her attacker

A 26-year-old nurse has been stabbed to death in a hospital car park in Lancashire.

The victim, who has not been named, was attacked as she walked to her car at the Blackpool Victoria Hospital shortly before 2030 BST on Sunday.

Detectives believe the woman may have known her attacker.

Police are keen to trace a white man in his 30s seen in the area at the time who might have arrived on a bicycle before the stabbing.

The woman was taken to the hospital's accident and emergency department but died a short time later.

Major hospital

Det Supt Ian Critchley, who is leading the investigation, said: "We have launched a murder investigation following this incident and I would appeal for anyone with any information to get in touch with us as a matter of urgency.

"I would particularly appeal to anyone who may have seen anybody matching the description to contact us."

The Blackpool Victoria is one of the biggest hospitals in the North West of England.

It has 767 beds and employs more than 3,000 members of staff who treat almost 300,000 people a year.

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