POLICE ave welcomed the sentencing of Colin Howard at Liverpool Crown Court today (Monday, 20 January) following a stabbing in Southport last year.

At 3.40pm on Saturday, 13 July 2019, emergency services were called to Southport Promenade to reports that a man had been found injured near to the Royal Clifton Hotel. The victim, a man in his 40’s, was found with serious stab wounds to his chest and was taken to hospital for treatment.

Following enquiries, 43-year-old Colin Howard was located nearby and arrested. He has today been sentenced to 11 years in prison with a further four on license after pleading guilty to section 18 assault and possession of a knife. He also received a 10-year Restraining Order.

Detective Constable Jamie Dean said: “It is pleasing to see Howard sentenced to a significant amount of time behind bars today, for a shocking and unprovoked attack on the victim.

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“The victim was left seriously injured following the assault, and it is thanks to the members of the public who quickly performed first aid that the consequences were not fatal.

“We will not tolerate the use of knives on our streets and together with our partners, the force is absolutely committed to eradicating knife crime. If you have information on the use or storage of weapons, please let us know so we can take action, put offenders before the courts and make our streets safer.”

Anyone with information on knife crime is asked to contact @MerPolCC, 101 or @CrimestoppersUK, anonymously on 0800 555 111.