LATEST: Second arrest made after two men stabbed in Skegness

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A man has been arrested after two men have been stabbed in Skegness, police have confirmed.

Police and ambulance were called to Lumley Road at about 8.20pm on Friday evening where two men had been stabbed.

Both were taken to Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, and have been released after treatment.

A woman was arrested over the weekend and has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Last night, Sunday, a 22-year-old local man was arrested.

Inspector Andy Morrice has said: “I recognise this has been a frightening incident for many of the nearby traders.

“There has been extra patrols throughout the weekend. The influx of people to Skegness for the SO Festival over the weekend shows that Skegness is still a safe place to live in, work in and to visit.”

A scene guard and police cordon remained in place outside The New Imperial cafe until around 11am on Saturday while scenes of crime officers carried out an examination of the area where the incident happened.

Police enquiries continue and police are keen to speak to anyone who saw the incident or have any information about it to contact them in confidence via the 101 number.

They have said no further details will be released at this stage.

Shopkeepers and staff who were in businesses still open at that time have described the scene as police vehicles and ambulances filled one of the town’s main shopping streets, blocking it off last night while the situation was dealt with.

Others arrived this morning to the news or heard about it on Facebook.

Samantha Crump commented on our Facebook page: “Was quite a bit of blood outside the Imperial and mess inside.”

Dave Hannan has run Diamond Key Cutting directly opposite the cafe for the last four years and discovered what happened when he came to open up this morning.

He said: “I turned up and it was all cordoned off and the police there. It’s shocking but unfortunately it is getting to be the way of the world we live in.

“My heart beats more for the people who took over the cafe just two and half months ago and have been trying really hard to make a go of it, but a lot of people will say they are not going in there now.

“If people want to start fighting it’s up to them but it’s not good when you are running a business.”

He had no idea who was involved but said: “I have been here four years and seen the odd argument, usually between locals with a can of beer in their hand. On the corner they sit drinking and abusing people. The shop next door has had a lot of trouble and abuse.” He felt the police ought to do more to move street drinkers on.

Karen, the manager of the St Barnabas Hospice Shop next door to the cafe said: “I saw the cafe had been cordoned off when I arrived for work and spoke to the policeman on guard who said there had been an incident and it would be sorted out soon.”

They had still been able to open for business but she added: “It’s just disheartening. It is just one of those incidents and maybe it is the time of the season. It is a bit alarming but, that’s life.”

Friday 10pm: There are reports on social media of a stabbing in Skegness.

The posts on Facebook tonight (Friday) also state that there is a high police presence in Burgh Road.

The on-call police inspector told The Standard they were unable to confirm or deny the reports.

All they were willing to say at this stage was that there had simply been an incident in the town.

They added that investigations were still very much in the early stages.

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