Masked thugs armed with weapons terrorised a busy Leyland street twice in two days.
A string of takeaways were targeted as a group of more than 20 vandals threw bricks and smashed windows with metal poles on Friday and Saturday.
Onlookers have described the attacks as ‘frightening’, and police have now vowed to step up security in the area. It started at around 10pm on Friday when a gang was causing havoc on Chapel Brow in the town centre.
One takeaway owner, who does not want to be named, said: “There were loads of them banging on our back windows and then loads of kids were going mental outside Romero’s takeaway.
“There were about 20 or 25 of them, and some were as young as 12 I think, but others were probably in their early 20s.
“They had bricks in their hands so I called the police, and it settled down.
“But then the police left and by the end of the night, they’d thrown a brick and smashed the front window of Romero’s.
“Then they came back on Saturday night, at about 9.30pm, and about five of the older ones were wearing masks, like from that film ‘V for Vendetta’.
“They were running towards Romero’s and throwing stuff at all of the takeaways, they had metal poles and bats.”
PC Graham Whitehouse, of Leyland’s neighbourhood policing team, said plans are in place for more patrols next weekend. He said: “We’re going to put a lot of work into this to put a stop to it, and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
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