Witnesses sought after Lancashire house and car smashed up in daylight bats and knives rampage

Police have appealed for witnesses after a house and car were smashed up in an incident involving men armed with baseball bats and knives

By Tony Durkin
Saturday, 11th July 2020, 3:15 pm
Updated Saturday, 11th July 2020, 3:16 pm
The incident happened on Friday at around 5.30pm
The incident happened on Friday at around 5.30pm

The incident happened in Oswaldtwistle, east Lancashire on Friday, July 10, at about 5:30pm.

A man was confronted by a group on Haworth Street and ran off in the direction of Paddock Street.

The men followed him in three cars on to Paddock Street, with a number of them getting out armed with baseball bats and knives.

Theytried to enter a house and smashed up a Mini parked up on the street.

Two cars – a silver Honda Accord and a light coloured Honda Civic – were found abandoned in the vicinity shortly afterwards.

Officers believe that those vehicles were involved in the incident.

Detectives want to speak to two drivers who were on the street at the time.

Det Insp Mark Gillibrand from Blackburn Police said: “I would like to reassure local residents that we think the offenders and the man they were looking for are known to each other and it relates to an on-going dispute.

“We know that there were a couple of vehicles driving through Paddock Street but were unable to pass because of the commotion on the street.

“One of these was a red VW van and the other was a dark coloured Volvo saloon-type car.

"If you think this was you, or you know anything about the incident, we need you to make contact. We are particularly interested in any dash cam footage."

Anyone with information can call Blackburn CID on 01254 353628 or 101 quoting incident reference 1075 of July 10.

Alternatively email [email protected], while independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.