Bal­a­clava gang brought knives and ma­chetes

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By COLIN HURST [email protected]­

MA­CHETE-wield­ing thugs stormed a sixth form col­lege for a “pre-ar­ranged fight”.

Six peo­ple were ar­rested af­ter po­lice were tipped off that a group from Manch­ester was head­ing to the Run­shaw Col­lege in Ley­land, Lancs, “with weapons”.

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

The gang of around 12 young men – some bran­dish­ing knives and wear­ing bal­a­clavas – ar­rived at the col­lege at about 4pm to con­front a ri­val group.

Three men in a parked car were ar­rested nearby, as was a fourth who made off on foot.

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.

Reg­u­lar pa­trols were vis­i­ble in the vicin­ity of the col­lege yes­ter­day as po­lice worked to re­as­sure stu­dents while con­tin­u­ing their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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.”

Ch Insp Gary Crowe, of Lan­cashire Po­lice, said: “This was not a ran­dom at­tack. This a very spe­cific in­ci­dent and a per­sonal is­sue be­tween a cou­ple of peo­ple in­volved.”

The trou­ble is the lat­est in a string of blade-based in­ci­dents that threaten to turn Bri­tain into a Wild West blood­bath.

TER­ROR: Stu­dents fled as knife­men at­tacked

SCENE: Run­shaw Col­lege

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