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Six arrests after knife gang enters Lancashire college and threatens students

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Six people have been arrested after a gang of males carrying knives entered a college and threatened students in a “targeted attack”.

The disorder happened at Runshaw College in Leyland, Lancashire. A 17-year-old student received a minor injury for which he needed hospital treatment.

Lancashire Police said: “We were initially called at 10:40am by a member of staff from Runshaw College after they had received an anonymous report stating that a group of people were going to attend the college with weapons by train from Manchester.

“Officers were deployed and whilst at the college at shortly before 4pm, they have witnessed a group of males walking into the grounds whilst students were leaving. Some of the group were seen carrying knives and were making threats towards students.

“A 17-year-old boy was nicked on the arm during the incident and has been taken to Chorley Hospital. His injury is not thought to be serious.”

The force added: “When patrols arrived, the group made off from the college. Three people who were inside a parked Nissan Micra close by were arrested. A fourth person who made off on foot was also arrested.

“A Peugeot 306 has since been stopped on the M55 and a fifth person has now been arrested in connection with the incident.”

A sixth arrest was made on later on Monday evening, Leyland Police Chief Inspector Gary Crowe said.

Mr Crowe, who is appealing for anyone who may have phone footage to contact officers, 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.

“I would like to reassure people that the incident has now come to a close. The safety of the college’s students and staff remains our priority and so we have stepped up patrols in the area and this will continue. We have and will remain in close contact with the college.”

British Transport Police officers were given stop and search powers at Leyland station until 10pm on Monday.

The college said it will be “open as usual” on Tuesday.

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