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.

Wednesday, 27th March 2019, 2:40 pm
Updated Wednesday, 27th March 2019, 4:03 pm
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.

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.

The month is not over yet, but these are all the knife-related crimes reported by the Post in March so far.

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.
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.
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.
Saturday, March 23 - A man is tasered by police after repeatedly stabbing himself in the neck in Preston. Officers described it as an "absolutely horrific incident" and the man needed extensive surgery to save his life.
Thursday, March 22 - 30 people are stopped and searched by police in the Callon, Fishwick and Deepdale areas of Preston after a section 60 order is authorised. A knuckle duster is seized and a 14-year-old boy taken into custody.
Monday, March 18 - A 16-year-old boy is arrested after he allegedly threatened to kill a 16-year-old pupil at Christ the King High School in Preston. Police patrols are stepped up around the school at home time.
Saturday, March 16 - Police seize two knives, an imitation firearm, drugs paraphernalia and mixing agents whilst carrying out 'proactive checks' in Preston.
Sunday, March 10 - A 14-year-old schoolboy is stabbed in his arm, hand, leg and ankle on his way home from school in Ribbleton. Seven teenage boys are arrested in connection with the targeted knife attack.
Monday, March 4 - Four teens from Preston are charged after a man is chased near Cardinal Newman College and threatened with a knife. Those charged include two 15-year-old boys and a 16-year-old boy.
Friday, March 15 - Four teenagers, aged 15 to 18, are arrested and knives and drugs seized by officers during stop and search patrols in the Avenham area of Preston.
Friday, March 8 - A 17-year-old boy is stabbed in a targeted attack in Ribbleton, Preston. The boy was taken to hospital suffering a knife wound to his buttock.
Thursday, February 28 - An 18-year-old man is abducted at knifepoint in Walton Avenue, Penwortham, before being stabbed in the face and dumped at Roman Way Industrial Estate in Preston. Three men from Preston, aged 26, 30 and 32, are later arrested.
Monday, Mach 4 - Seven people are arrested after two rival gangs confront each other with weapons near Runshaw College, Leyland. A machete, crow bar and knives are recovered by officers in a week-long stop and search operation.