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Runshaw College latest as police reveal more details about ‘melee’

Posted on - 5th March, 2019 - 8:20am | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Preston News
Runshaw College where the attack took place Pic: LancsLive
Runshaw College where the attack took place Pic: LancsLive

Runshaw College reopens during Tuesday morning as police say a sixth person has been arrested.

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Lancashire Police now say 12 people arrived in a Volkswagen Polo, a Vauxhall Astra and a Nissan Micra at the college campus in Leyland.

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Further information from police says two groups of young men were due to have a ‘pre-arranged’ fight on Monday (4 March).

One of the groups came from the Manchester area.

They made their way to the Worden Park side of the Runshaw College campus shouting and confronting students – and brandishing knives.

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A 17-year-old boy was cut on the arm during the attack and was taken to Chorley Hospital for treatment.

No one else was hurt in what police have called a ‘melee’. Five people were arrested in various locations during Monday afternoon.

Police have confirmed details of those arrested.

Two men aged 18 from Preston, an 18-year-old man from Kirkham and three 17-year-old boys from Preston have all been arrested on suspicion of public order offences. They all remain in custody.

Chief Inspector Gary Crowe from Leyland Police said in a statement released late on Monday evening: “My advice to parents, staff and students would be to carry on as normal, 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.”

Anyone with information can call police on 101 quoting reference 933 of March 3.

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