A woman has spoken out after a group of youths spat on her at Clitheroe Castle.

Gabrielle Scriven, 23, was taking an evening walk around Clitheroe Castle last Tuesday (April 6) when she could hear a group of teenagers shouting.

She said: "I have lived in London and Liverpool and nothing like that has ever happened to me, not even shouting - nothing.

"Something like this has happened in Clitheroe. I have been born and brought up here and I would never have thought we would have children that would think that was right."

"I'm just glad that it was me and not someone who it would have really scared off.

"It doesn't bear to think of it happening to someone older like my grandma."

She was listening to music so couldn't hear them properly but after getting closer, she realised that there was a group of six boys, all in tracksuit bottoms and tops aged about 14.

They were shouting at her so she took one of her headphones out to hear what they were saying when she head them hauling abuse in her direction.

As she continued to walk ignoring then, she was walking under the viewpoint, where the group were stood when one of the boys spit from the top which fell on her arm.

She couldn't believe what had just happened and shouted back at the group telling them it was 'disgusting' as they started to run away.

Gabrielle called a family member to come pick her up with antibacterial wipes and called the police.

PCSO Ryan Barron said: "Anti-social behaviour of this kind will not be tolerated under any circumstances.

This act is not only highly unhygienic in the middle of a nationwide pandemic but deeply distressing to the victim, it is unacceptable and we strongly advise anyone with any information to come forward.

“We will be showing increased presence in the area for the foreseeable future.”