A thug has been jailed for eight years after stabbing a man outside a shop in broad daylight.
Emergency services were called to Tunley Holme, in Clayton Brook, when a 28-year-old man was stabbed outside the Spar shop shortly after 4pm on Sunday, November 9.
He suffered serious stab wounds and was helped by Cub Scout leader Dave Foster, who was returning from the Remembrance Sunday service in Chorley with the 1st Clayton Brook Cub Scouts.
Carl Barton, 32, has now pleaded guilty to section 18 wounding with intent and was jailed for eight years at Preston Crown Court.
Barton, of Cambridge Road, Bamber Bridge, was also given a 16-month jail term for being concerned in the supply of cannabis, which he will serve concurrently.
Dave, 33, who was given a medal for his efforts, said: “I’m happy he’s not in the community now. I’m involved with the Scouts and I don’t want our children being exposed to that sort of thing, especially during the day.”
This was an extremely serious assault and the victim was lucky to be alive from the injuries that he sustained.Det Con David Wainwright
Det Con David Wainwright said: “This was an extremely serious assault and the victim was lucky to be alive from the injuries that he sustained.
“I am pleased with the sentence handed down to Barton and that he has been brought to justice for his actions which could have ultimately ended in the loss of life.”
Cub Scout leader Dave was taking youngsters back to the Scout hall after attending the civic Remembrance Sunday service in Chorley.
Assistant leader Sarah Heywood saw the incident and alerted Dave, who rushed over to help the man, while she stayed with the children to distract them.
He took off his neckerchief and used it to put pressure on one of the wounds, then used another piece of clothing to compress another wound.
While they waited for an ambulance, Dave spoke to the man, reassured him and kept him conscious.
Afterwards, the victim and his family thanked him and gave him a card.
Dave has also been recognised by the Scouts, receiving a medal for meritorious conduct sent by the Chief Scout, Bear Grylls.
Simon Carter, from the Scout Association, said: “We are very proud of David. He acted in the best traditions of the movement and put the needs of others before himself.
“David helped a complete stranger in his time of need and thinks nothing of it.”
Dave said: “It was nice to get the letter from them and nice to be awarded the medal and have something to show the children that what we teach them can be used.”
He said he would not have been able to help if Sarah had not been there and there are also plans for her to be recognised by the Scouts.
Sarah, 30, from Clayton Brook, said: “We both would have done exactly the same thing, but one of us had to stay and one of us had to look after the children.
“One of us was able to help, which was David, and he was brilliant and managed to save his life.”
And Dave, who also lives in Clayton Brook, believes that their actions have been a boost for Scouting.
He said: “I think it’s raised the profile of Scouting in Clayton Brook. Now people are seeing that there is a community there and that people do get involved.
“Our numbers do seem to have gone up since then and we have had recognition from members of the public.”