Runshaw College machete attack: These are the six thugs convicted of vicious armed assault on Leyland sixth form college

These are the six thugs jailed over an armed attack on a Lancashire sixth form college in student was wounded with a machete.

Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 3:45 pm

Shehroz Ahmad, 19, of Primrose Grove; Adam Khan, 19, of Albert Terrace, Murad Sadique Mohammed, 19, of Leo Case Court, Samadur Rahman, 20, of Curwen Street, Dilbagh Singh, 18, of Brackenbury Road and Gurmail Singh, 19, also of Brackenbury Road - all Preston - descended on Runshaw College in three cars, armed with a machete, hammer, baseball bat, crowbar, samurai sword and knuckle duster.

Three of the defendants were only youths when the fracas broke out at around 4pm on March 4, 2019, and some were former students.

All admitted a charge of affray. All six were jailed on Wednesday.

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The six men jailed for an armed attack on Runshaw College. Top row, from left, Shehroz Ahmen, Murad Mohammed, and Adam Khan. Bottom row, from left, Gurmail Singh, Samadhur Rahman, and Dilbagh Singh.

And bosses as Runshaw College welcomed the sentencing.

A spokesman said: "Runshaw College has a very strong reputation for being a safe, peaceful and highly respectful place to study and we have a zero tolerance approach to violence or harassment of any kind.

"We are therefore pleased to hear that a number of people have been sentenced in connection with the incident that took place near to our Leyland Campus on the 4th March 2019."

On Wednesday, The Honorary Recorder of Preston, Judge Robert Altham, branded it a "piece of public, dangerous violence" and proper and appropriate punishment could only be achieved by immediate custodial sentence in a young offenders institution.

A still from mobile phone footage of the attack on Runshaw College

Gurmail Singh received 21 months in total, with a 28 month road ban for dangerous driving, while Rahman and Khan must serve 18 months.

Mohammed and Dilbag Singh got 15 months and Ahmad got 14 months.

Judge Altham said: "Following some perceived dispute between one or some of the defendants and some other young people, these defendants all met in Preston in three cars and travelled from Deepdale to Runshaw College.

"They arrived at the college at a time when the streets around it were busy as students were going home, and the students outside saw the three cars disgorge members of a gang.

Jailed: Shehroz Ahmed

"At least one of those wore a balaclava."

The court heard one student had a hammer swung at his head and a machete was brought down on his arm, causing a 2cm wound.

Rahman, who had the machete, became involved in a standoff with another student.

He discarded his balaclava and tried to evade police by mingling with students on a bus service.

Jailed: Samadhur Rahman

Three defendants in a parked car were arrested nearby.

Another was arrested in a car on the M55 and the sixth in Preston.

Judge Altham said statements from five students described a " truly terrifying scene where three cars are driven through groups of pedestrians causing them to scatter into gardens for safety" and "terrified and unarmed students" saw them with all the weapons in plain sight.

He said: " In summary this was a planned attack on educational premises when the defendants knew there would be a large number of students on foot in the vicinity.

"There were a large number of dangerous weapons, indeed lethal weapons.

"This was a terribly serious incident. The impact upon the college, quite apart from that on the individuals who witnessed the violence that day, has been very considerable.

Jailed: Murad Mohammed

"Through no fault of it's own the college faced reputational harm and large financial pressures to meet this.

"In the short term students didn't feel safe and in the days that followed some didn't even attend.

"Some staff and students felt considerable upset and anxiety and it's plain considerable time and effort were diverted away from the main task, which is educating young people at the college."

The court was told one defendant had threatened a member of staff that five people would "come to the college and slash people".

It was alleged by one defence lawyer that one of the defendants had experienced a number of racist incidents while studying there, that at the time there were a "minority of Asian students, and that he had ended up leaving.

After the fracas, the machete was found by a police dog.

Footage was posted to social media appearing to show students fleeing a confrontation with masked men.

Jailed: Gurmail Singh
Jailed: Dilbagh Singh
Jailed: Adam Khan