A man who was found "covered in blood" outside a shop in Southport claimed he was dumped there after being abducted in Preston.

Members of the public alerted staff at the One Stop shop in Rufford Road in the Crossens area of the town on Wednesday (October 28) and looked after the man until police arrived.

Lancashire Police confirmed they were called at 6.53pm yesterday to reports a man in his 50s had been found with facial injuries in Southport.

A spokesperson told the ECHO: "The man reported he had been taken from Fish Street, Preston, and transported to the junction of Rufford Road and New Lane, Southport.

"While in the vehicle the man was subjected to an assault and suffered facial injuries.

"He was taken to hospital but has since been discharged. No arrests have been made and enquiries are ongoing."

People took to social media to report they had seen the man outside the shop covered in blood.

Anyone with information can call police on 101, quoting log 1150 of October 28, 2020.

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