CCTV images of six teenagers police want to speak to over a mass brawl in Blackburn town centre has been issued by by officers.
Police initially said the fight in King William Street involved up to 80 teenagers, but have now revised that figure following an ‘extensive investigation’ and believe 15 people were involved.
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Nine teenagers have now either been arrested or interviewed under caution over the incident, which saw bottles and cans being thrown at 12.40pm on January 25.
And police, who at the time of the incident said the fighting involved students from Blackburn College, said strategies have been put in place to ‘prevent anything like this from happening again’.
Two teenage boys aged 16 and 17, both from Blackburn, have arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and released on bail until April 7.
A further six male teens, one aged 19, two aged 17, two aged 16 and another aged 18, all from Blackburn, have been interviewed voluntarily.
A teenage boy aged 17, from Darwen, has also been interviewed voluntarily.
But now police are asking the public to help identify the others involved in the violence to help bring them to justice.
Sgt Mark Hutchinson, of Blackburn Police, said: “We are looking to identify the males in the CCTV and would ask anyone with information to contact police immediately.
“Initial reports suggested around 80 people were in involved in the fighting, however, following an extensive police investigation it was established 15 people were involved in the fighting.
“A total of nine people have now been either arrested or interviewed under caution.
“The police have worked closely with staff at Blackburn with Darwen Council and The Mall shopping centre in order to obtain evidence and put strategies in place to prevent anything like this from happening again. The police would also like to thank staff at Blackburn College for their assistance during this investigation.
“Lancashire Police do not take matters like this lightly and will bring to justice anyone who causes disorder or is involved in anti-social behaviour in Blackburn town centre.”
Sgt Hutchinson’s message comes as police have stepped up patrols across the town centre for the half-term week.
In addition to the usual police patrols, there have been mounted officers patrolling the centre on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The horses will be out again today.
But a police spokesman said it was not unusual for the police horses to be in the centre during busy times of the year.
Anyone who recognises the teenagers should call police on 101.