Police were called to Stanley Park at around 4.35 p.m. yesterday afternoon (Friday 4th March) following reports of disorder involving youths, including one wielding a machete. Two teenagers were injured.
Police introduced increased stop and search powers after the incident and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward. They say that 17-year-old youth has already been arrested in connection with the attack and a bag of knives has been recovered from the scene.
A Police spokesperson explained, ‘Following enquiries, a 17-year-old boy from Blackpool has been arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon and common assault. He remains in custody at this time. A bag containing knives has been found nearby. We realise this incident will leave the public feeling concerned and we have increased patrols in the area.
We are treating this incident extremely seriously and that is why the Section 60 powers was authorised covering Stanley Park and the roads which border it, including North, South and East Park Drive.
Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 allows a senior police officer to authorise constables to stop and search persons in a specific area, either where a serious public order problem is likely to arise or has taken place, or for offensive weapons or dangerous instruments.
Lancashire Police have a zero-tolerance policy towards those who chose to carry and brandish weapons and we will work tirelessly to bring all such offenders to justice.
We would ask anybody with information about the incident in Stanley Park, or the identities of those involved, to contact police on 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting log 0952 of March 4, 2022.’
Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at https://crimestoppers-uk.org/