Community leaders today revealed they remain in shock at the brutal killing of a father just yards from his home.
Ian Dollery, 51, died from “multiple stab wounds” police said, after being found around 11.30pm last Thursday outside an address on York Road in St Annes.
Mr Dollery was treated by paramedics but was pronounced dead at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
Police said a knife, believed to be the murder weapon, was recovered but it remains unclear what the motive for the “random” attack was.
A 47-year-old man of no fixed address and a 54-year-old man from Lytham were arrested on suspicion of murder. The 54-year-old was later released, while the other man was detained in a secure unit pending a mental health assessment.
Today councillors told of their shock at Mr Dollery’s death – but stressed it was very much an isolated incident.
Fairhaven ward Coun Cheryl Little, said: “It has hit a lot of people in the area and the neighbours have rallied around.
“We want to allay fears because it is such a tragic incident. It has hit community hard – I can honestly say that.
“Neighbours have said how shocked they are. It is a one-off. The police are being very helpful and sympathetic.
“It has been a huge shock – you just do not expect it.”
St Annes Town Mayor Coun Vince Settle added: “It is very, very sad for him and his family. My personal view is it is a very, very isolated incident and is no reflection of crime in St Annes.
“I do not know what provoked it. It could have happened anywhere. It is very sad for his family. I do not think there is any general need for concern but I believe police have increased their patrols. Everybody in St Annes knows it is a safe place and this is an isolated incident.”
Fylde Council leader Sue Fazackerley said the council is meeting Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw at the start of July and would discuss the incident with him.
Coun Fazackerley added: “It seems to me to be a very unfortunate, random attack. It can be a city centre or rural village, but when someone sets out to do something dreadful this happens. It is a terrible thing to happen and his family has my greatest sympathies.
“It is a shock and makes you realise it can happen anywhere.”
The attack took place in the rear yard of a property believed to belong to Mr Dollery, which leads onto Queens Road.
It is believed the 51-year-old was an engineer and owned a book distribution service called Safari Books Ltd.
Insp Mark Thackeray-Scott of Fylde police, said extra patrols had been put on duty in the area to reassure residents.
Det Chief Insp Jonathan Holmes, of the Force Major Investigation Team, is leading the murder investigation.
He added: “Our enquiries are on-going and Mr Dollery’s family are being supported by specially trained officers.
“We know this incident must be worrying for people in the local community and we have a number of extra officers on patrol in the area to try to offer reassurance.”