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Two men charged with murder after ‘big friendly giant’, 42, is stabbed to death in 3am attack

TWO men have been charged with murder after a dad hailed a “big friendly giant” was stabbed to death in a 3am attack.

Lee Dawson, 42, was found suffering from serious chest wounds in the early hours of Friday in Preston, Lancashire.


Tributes were paid to ‘big, friendly giant’ Lee Dawson over the weekendCredit: MEN Media
Cops in Preston have charged two men with his murder


Cops in Preston have charged two men with his murderCredit: MEN Media

Andrew Wilcock, 29, and Benjamin Bibby, 20, both from Preston, were today charged with his murder and possession of a bladed article.

They are due to appear before Preston Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday morning.

Five other men – aged between 18 and 31 – arrested over the weekend on suspicion of murder have been released on bail pending further enquiries.

A statement from Lancashire Constabulary, said: “We were called around 3am on Friday (June 17) by the Ambulance Service after 42-year-old Lee Dawson was found with stab wounds in Jutland Street.

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“Mr Dawson, originally from Preston but living in Sunderland – was taken to Royal Preston Hospital for treatment but sadly later died and a murder investigation was launched.”

A Home Office post-mortem examination showed Mr Dawson died as a result of stab wounds.

Det Chief Insp Mark Haworth-Oates, of Lancashire Police’s Force Major Investigation Team, said: “While we have now charged two people with Mr Dawson’s murder our investigation is very much on-going.

“I am grateful to everyone who has assisted us so far in our enquiries and I would continue to appeal to anyone who has any information which could assist to come forward and speak to us.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log 0149 of June 17.

You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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