TWO BROTHERS have appeared before magistrates following an incident in which a man suffered 19 stab wounds.

Ramzan Hanif, 24, and Mahtab Hanif, 22, both of Goldhey Street, Blackburn, appeared at Blackburn magistrates on Thursday morning charged with wounding.

It followed an incident on Walnut Street which took place on Saturday.

Police and paramedics were called shortly after 4pm following reports that a man had been stabbed.

He was taken to hospital in a serious condition, where he remains. He is now described as being stable.

Speaking at the time, Det Sgt Steve Craig, of East CID, said: “This incident has left a man with some very serious injuries and he is lucky to be alive. I would appeal to anyone who saw what happened, has captured any footage or who has any information which could help us identify the offenders to come forward urgently.”

They were sent in custody to Preston Crown Court where they will appear on May 10.