Wednesday, March 27 - Six men are arrested in dawn raids as part of an investigation into an organised criminal gang in Preston.'Homes in Preston, Penwortham and Longridge were searched and men, aged between 18 and 31, were arrested for alleged drug and rape offences.

Preston's month of menace - these are all the knife-related youth crimes reported in Preston and Penwortham in March

The month of March has seen knife crime menace communities in Preston and Penwortham, spreading fear in schools, colleges and homes.


Bookended by two major incidents - an armed confrontation between rival gangs near Runshaw College in Leyland and a violent mass brawl in Penwortham - violent youth crime appears to have escalated in the city this month.

Tuesday, March 26 - Four people are arrested after a mass brawl in Penwortham.'A group of Balaclava-clad men wielding a knife, baseball bat and metal bar attacked a group of youths in Liverpool Road, Penwortham.
Tuesday, March 26 - Four people are arrested after a mass brawl in Penwortham.'A group of Balaclava-clad men wielding a knife, baseball bat and metal bar attacked a group of youths in Liverpool Road, Penwortham.
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Monday, March 25 - Arsonists burn down a sheltered outdoor play area at Maryland's Private Nursery in Pope Lane, Penwortham.'Earlier, a 13-year-old boy is robbed by two masked men who steal his bike in Priory Lane.
Monday, March 25 - Arsonists burn down a sheltered outdoor play area at Maryland's Private Nursery in Pope Lane, Penwortham.'Earlier, a 13-year-old boy is robbed by two masked men who steal his bike in Priory Lane.
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Tuesday, March 26 - Three men are arrested in police drugs raids at two homes in the Avenham area of Preston.'A large quantity of class A drugs, cash, and weapons are seized.
Tuesday, March 26 - Three men are arrested in police drugs raids at two homes in the Avenham area of Preston.'A large quantity of class A drugs, cash, and weapons are seized.
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Sunday, March 24 - Stop and search is carried out by police at Preston railway station after reports of youths on board an incoming train were armed with "improvised weapons". A table leg was seized from two boys.
Sunday, March 24 - Stop and search is carried out by police at Preston railway station after reports of youths on board an incoming train were armed with "improvised weapons". A table leg was seized from two boys.
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