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UPDATE: Six arrested after 'targeted' attack at Runshaw College

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Published by Laura Pratt at 6:17pm 4th March 2019 (Updated 2:11pm 5th March 2019)

A sixth arrest has been made following an incident close to a college in Leyland.

It happened at around 4pm (Monday, March 4th) when a group of young men have gone to confront a rival group in relation to a prearranged fight.

Around 12 people have arrived in cars. They have then walked towards the Worden Park side of the Leyland Runshaw College campus shouting at and confronting students. Some of the group had knives.

A 17-year-old boy received a cut to his arm during the incident and was taken to Chorley Hospital. His injury is not thought to be serious.

No one else was injured.

Police have recovered a machete, a crowbar and some knives.

The incident followed a previous call police received in the morning (Monday, March 4th) from a member of staff from Runshaw College. They received an anonymous report, stating that a group of people were going to attend the college with weapons by train from Manchester. This did not say when they may attend.

As a result, Lancashire Police passed the information on to colleagues at British Transport Police.

Two members of the South Ribble Neighbourhood Policing Team then attended the college in preparation for students leaving for the day and travelling home.

Ch Insp Gary Crowe from Leyland Police said:

“My advice to parents, staff and students would be to carry on as normal tomorrow, we will have officers in around the area for reassurance and this will continue. Please speak to them if you have any concerns.



“We know that this disorder is related to a personal issue between two members of each group. There is nothing to suggest there are any further fights planned however, if you know different, you must let us know.

“Thankfully only one person suffered a minor injury but it could have been much worse. To those who think it is acceptable to behave like violent thugs, my message is clear. You are not welcome in Leyland and we do not tolerate this kind of shocking, deplorable behaviour.

“Our investigation is on-going and we made four arrests just after the incident happened, close to the scene. A further two arrests have followed this evening and we now think we have the three vehicles which were involved.

“We know that others were involved in this – from both sides of the altercation - and I have a number of officers working on finding out who they are.

“If you know who was involved, saw the disorder, have any mobile phone footage that you haven’t already sent to us or you know anything at all that could help our investigation, please get in touch.”

You can call 101 quoting incident reference 933 of today (March 4th). Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

Runshaw College is open as usual (Tuesday 5th March). 

The Leyland Neighbourhood Policing Team will be out in the Langdale Road area all this week - reassuring staff, students and parents and patrolling the streets. 

British Transport Police authorised the use of Section 60 Stop and Search Powers at Leyland Train Station on Monday.

Passengers and rail staff were told to expect to see an a number of highly visible patrols by BTP officers throughout the evening.



Six people remain in police custody arrested on suspicion of public order offences. 

They include two men aged 18, both from Preston, an 18-year-old man from Kirkham and three 17-year-old boys from Preston. 

PD Jax (pictured below) helped out on Monday too - after police received reports a male had been attacked near Runshaw college with a machete style knife. 

Police say it didn't take the team long to recover the weapon and other pieces of evidence.

PD Jax

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