POLICE have introduced a dispersal order in the Leyland area following recent anti-social behaviour.

South Ribble Police posted on their Facebook page that "From 6pm a Section 34 order (Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014) will give us the power to ask people to leave certain areas.

"The order, which continues until 3am tomorrow (Monday 5 August), has been put in place following recent reports of disorder involving youths.

Insp Rachel Ashcroft, said: “Luckily the two boys involved in these incidents were not seriously injured, however, this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated on our streets.

“Anti-social behaviour covers a range of offences and can involve harm to an individual, to the wider community or to the environment, leaving victims feeling harassed, alarmed or distressed.

“We understand that this can have a profound impact on victims and how safe they feel in their neighbourhood. We are committed to tackling this type of crime.”

It comes after reports of an assault at around midnight last night (Saturday) close to McDonalds where a 16 year old boy received a minor stab wound to his thigh. Another incident followed a couple of hours later close to Moss Lane and the Railway Inn where a teenager suffered a cut to his hand.

An 18 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of section 18 assault in connection with both incidents.

Officers say if residents or witnesses have information or mobile phone footage relating to either incident, please call us on 101 quoting log number 39 of 4 August. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The order will be reviewed and further dispersal orders implemented if necessary.