Kids with knives threaten Bamber Bridge leisure centre staff

Leisure centre staff in Bamber Bridge say children as young as 13 threatened them with knives after they confronted the youngsters over anti-social behaviour.

Wednesday, 27th October 2021, 10:06 am
Updated Wednesday, 27th October 2021, 2:22 pm

Police were called to the leisure centre in Brindle Road, next to Withy Grove Park, at around 9pm on Monday (October 25) after reports of children climbing onto the roof.

But before officers arrived, staff confronted the youngsters about their behaviour - only to have kitchen knives pulled on them.

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"Staff confronted the kids, aged around 13 to 14 years of age, and shockingly they produced these large kitchen knives," said police after they were called to reports of anti-social behaviour at Bamber Bridge Leisure Centre on Monday night (October 25)

Lancashire Police said the knives have been seized, but "the children didn’t stay around to speak with our officers".

The force has not said how the knives were seized, but it is believed the children dropped them and fled before patrols arrived.

The Post has asked Lancashire Police whether it intends to investigate the incident further.

A police spokesman said: "Neighbourhood Officers were out patrolling on Monday night and were called to Bamber Bridge Leisure Centre by staff who were initially reporting kids on the roof.

Police were called to Bamber Bridge Leisure Centre, next to Withy Grove Park, at around 9pm on Monday (October 25) after reports of children climbing onto the roof. When confronted by staff, the kids pulled out kitchen knives, say police. Pic: Google

"Staff confronted the kids, aged around 13 to 14 years of age, and shockingly they produced these large kitchen knives (pictured).

"Fortunately, the knives were seized but unfortunately, the children didn’t stay around to speak with our officers.

"This doesn’t need saying but we will say it again - there is no good reason why children or anyone else for that matter should be carrying knives."

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