Lancashire

Runshaw college: Machete found after gang attack

Media playback is unsupported on your device
Media captionThe confrontation at the college was filmed and videos posted on social media

A machete has been found near a sixth form college that an armed gang stormed for a "pre-arranged fight".

The weapon was found by a police dog in a search after the disorder at Runshaw College in Leyland, Lancashire, on Monday.

Six people were arrested after police were tipped off that a group was heading to the college "with weapons".

Footage on social media appears to show students fleeing a confrontation with masked men.

The gang of around 12 young men - some brandishing knives wearing balaclavas and face masks - arrived at the college at about 16:00 GMT to confront a rival group.

Three men in a parked car were arrested nearby. A fourth person who made off on foot was also arrested.

Two more were held on Monday evening, with one picked up in a car on the M55 and one arrested in Preston.

A 17-year-old student was "nicked on the arm" during an altercation in the college grounds. He was treated in Chorley Hospital but his wound was not serious.

The suspects, two men aged 18 and three 17-year-old boys, all from Preston, and a third 18-year-old man from Kirkham, were arrested on suspicion of public order offences and later released on bail.


At the scene - Mike Stevens, BBC Radio Lancashire

Image caption A staff member said the college had been tipped off that an armed group was on its way to the college

Regular patrols are visible in the vicinity of the college this morning, as police work to reassure students.

Officers say their focus will now move to the investigation and they will be speaking to the six people in custody over the course of the day.

They are also keen to hear from anybody who witnessed what happened or has any mobile footage of the incident.

The MP for South Ribble Seema Kennedy has raised the issue with the Home Secretary.


A search was carried out after reports of a machete-style knife being used in the attack.

Lancashire Police Dog Unit said on Facebook: "It didn't take the team long to recover the weapon and other pieces of valuable evidence."

You may also like:

Ch Insp Gary Crowe, of Lancashire Police, said: "We believe this was a targeted attack in that we think the group have gone to find someone and a separate student has received a minor injury.

"This was not a random attack.

"This a very specific incident and a personal issue between a couple of people involved."

Related Topics

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites