KNIFE FIGHT IN SCHOOL
Balaclava gang brought knives and machetes
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