Gangs of men brandishing hammers, sticks and a machete brawled in a residential street in Accrington.
Around 20 men clashed in a large scale disturbance, which police believe was a pre-planned fight.
A 35-year-old man received head injuries after being clubbed around the back of the head with a weapon, and needed reconstructive surgery for a broken jaw.
CCTV images show the men, aged in their 20s and 30s, squaring up to one another in the middle of the street, bringing traffic to a standstill.Ooooh, once upon a time, that would be an end to it. But DI Johnston didn't get the memo, and let the cat out of the bag:
Detective Inspector Jill Johnston, from Accrington CID, said: “This was an incident of large scale disorder that involved between 15 and 20 Asian men fighting in the middle of the street, to the extent that they brought traffic to a standstill for a number of minutes.C’mon, Jill, don’t keep us in suspense! Were they Gurkhas? Seepoys? Of the Mandarin persuasion, perhaps?
“The motive for the fight is not known at this time but we do believe that all the men involved were known to each other.
“For local residents and motorists this would have been very frightening incident to witness.
“We want to reassure local residents that it appeared to be pre-planned fight so we stepped up patrols over the weekend and will do the same this weekend. ”I'm sorry..!? In what way is it ‘reassuring’ for local residents to know that – living in their midst – are people whose way of settling disputes is to arrange to brawl in the street with weapons..?
I can’t see how this is very reassuring either:
“We have asked key community leaders to speak to the families involved to put a stop to any further incidents.”Ummm, aren't you the police? And aren't you the people who should be ‘putting a stop to further incidents’ by coming down on the offenders like a ton of bricks?