A COUNCILLOR has called on more action to be taken to tackle knife crime.

Cllr Caroline Moon’s comments come in the wake of six people being arrested after a student was attacked outside a Lancashire college.

Cllr Moon, who represents the Buckshaw and Worden wards on South Ribble Council, was shocked to hear of the drama outside the Runshaw College in Leyland on Monday afternoon.

Police said that around 12 people arrived in a Volkswagen Polo, a Vauxhall Astra and a Nissan Micra and they then walked towards the Worden Park side of the campus shouting at and confronting student. Some of them were carrying knives.

A 17-year-old boy received a cut to his arm during in the disorder. He was taken to Chorley Hospital with minor injuries.

Two men aged 18, both from Preston, an 18-year-old man from Kirkham and three 17-year-old boys from Preston were arrested on suspicion of public order offences in connection with the incident. They were questioned by detectives yesterday.

The college incident comes in the after two 17-year-olds Jodie Chesney and Yousef Ghaleb Makkie were killed in separate incidents in London and Greater Manchester at the weekend.

Cllr Moon, added: “It is concerning that this has happened at Runshaw. We don’t want to hear anything like this happening on our doorstep.

“We need to understand what is happening in our society.

“People are challenging these young peoples’ behaviour and we need to support them to make a change.

“There are reasons why young people are carrying weapons but they need to be stopped. We could have had another young person losing their life at the incident.”

Students from East Lancashire attend the college and police say there is no evidence to say further fights are planned.

Ch Insp Gary Crowe said: “My advice to parents, staff and students would be to carry on as normal, we will have officers in around the area for reassurance and this will continue. Please speak to them if you have any concerns.

“We know that this disorder is related to a personal issue between two members of each group. To those who think it is acceptable to behave like violent thugs, my message is clear. You are not welcome in Leyland and we do not tolerate this kind of shocking, deplorable behaviour.”

Anyone with information can call police on 101 quoting incident reference 933 of March 4.