TWO teenagers suffered serious stomach and leg injuries during a fight involving a group of men carrying machetes.

Police were called to Brunswick Street in Nelson at 1.15am today after reports of a serious disorder.

Officers found a 19-year-old man with serious leg and hand injuries, as well as finding another 19-year-old man with serious stomach wounds.

Both men were taken to hospital and are waiting to have surgery.

A third man, 18, suffered injuries to his arm and was taken to hospital before being discharged later on.

Police have now been granted section 60 powers for 12 hours as a result of this incident.

Lancashire Telegraph:

Following investigations seven people have been arrested.

Three men aged 19 and an 18-year-old man, all from Nelson, were arrested on suspicion of assault.

A 20-year-old man, also from Nelson, was arrested on suspicion of obstructing a police officer.

Two men, both aged 19, from Burnley, were later arrested on suspicion of assault.

All are currently in custody.

It is believed the incident is connected to two incidents in Nelson on Monday, including a fight close to Spar in Manchester Road at 11pm and a further report of a fight at 11.40pm in Southfield Street.

Lancashire Telegraph:

Det Insp Nikki Bithell said: "We are appealing for information following serious disorder overnight in the Nelson area.

"Three men have been injured, with two of the men suffering serious injuries requiring surgery at hospital.

"We understand this will cause some concern for people living in the area.

"I'd like to reassure you that while this is shocking and very serious, we do not believe there is any threat to the wider public and we have increased patrols in the area.

"While we have made a number of arrests, our investigation is very much on-going.

"If you have any information that could help with our investigation and haven't already spoken to us, please contact us immediately."

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log 0096 of July 16.