Boy, 17, injured after masked knife gang threaten students at Lancashire college in 'targeted attack'

SIX people have been arrested after a 17-year-old boy was injured when masked thugs stormed a Lancashire college brandishing knives.

Cops were scrambled to Runshaw College in Leyland today after a staff member received a warning that people had stepped off a train with weapons.

They spotted a "group of males" threatening students as they left for the day, with a teenager slashed on the arm by a blade.

He was rushed to hospital but his injuries were not thought to be life-threatening, police confirmed.

The gang attempted to flee but three people sat in a nearby Nissan Micra were arrested as well as a forth who tried to run away.

A fifth person was arrested after a second vehicle, a Peugeot 306, was stopped on the M55, while cops later confirmed a sixth was being held.


Chief Inspector Gary Crowe from Leyland Police said: "We believe this was a targeted attack in that we think the group have gone to find someone and a separate student has received a minor injury.

"This was not a random attack.

"I would like to reassure people that the incident has now come to a close.

"The safety of the college's students and staff remains our priority and so we have stepped up patrols in the area and this will continue.



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"We have and will remain in close contact with the college."

The college confirmed there had been an "incident" but said classes would go ahead as planned tomorrow.

It comes after two teenagers were murdered in separate stabbings on Friday and Saturday – bringing the number of victims this year to at least 35.

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