Lancashire

Chorley stabbing: Video of burning car released

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Media captionVideo footage of the burning car shows it being engulfed by a fireball

Footage of the moment a car was torched with a stabbed woman inside it has been released by police.

The 50-year-old victim, who managed to escape the blaze, was attacked in Chorley, Lancashire, on 10 October.

Lancashire Police said it released the "shocking" video of the fireball to aid in an appeal for information.

Police have found a body, which they believe to be of John Cowley. The 63-year-old knew the victim and vanished after the attack.

The body was found in a lake off Moody Lane in Mawdesley, not far from the crime scene.

A police spokesman said: "A Home Office post mortem examination will now be carried out to try to establish the cause of Mr Cowley's death which is currently being treated as unexplained."

Officers had been looking for him in connection with an attempted murder investigation.

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Image caption John Cowley has been missing since the stabbing

Lancashire Police said the unnamed victim suffered serious injuries in the attack but they are not thought to be life-threatening.

Officers were called by North West Ambulance Service at about 17:45 BST on 10 October to reports a woman was being treated for stab injuries.

Police found the woman with several wounds to her abdomen area. She was taken to hospital by air ambulance but has since been discharged.

The force said it was also investigating reports petrol was thrown at a 15-year-old, who was not injured, in the attack.

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