POLICE have extended their stop and search powers in Burnley into tonight in response to gangs of teenagers causing disorder in the street.

Officers said groups of young people have been breaching the peace and causing fear of violence over the weekend at numerous locations within Burnley, notably Hodder Street, Fraser Street and Colne Road.

Three male teenagers ages either 15 or 16 have been arrested, and released under investigation with curfews.

A police spokesman said: "We have identified other members of the offending groups by discussing with locals, reviewing CCTV and utilising intel opportunities, and have been working with local schools to prevent this from continuing.

"We can assure the community that we will be responding robustly to any concerns you may have on the matter, and although you may see an increased police presence in the area, this is to reassure you and prevent further disruption.

The section 60 powers will be in place between 8pm and 6am. Patrols in the areas are set to be stepped up and the Lancashire Telegraph understands the disorder is limited to an identified group of teenagers rather than the wider public.

The spokesman added: "Sometimes ordinary stop and search powers aren't enough. Enhanced Section 60 powers allow us to stop and search people and vehicles without suspicion but are only put in place when we believe violent incidents will take place or weapons will be used. They are there to prevent crime and disorder and also to keep you safe and feeling safe. You should be re-assured to see a really visible policing presence in the area. However, if you have any concerns, please don't hesitate to speak to one of our officers."