A 25-year-old has been charged with a number of crimes, including trespassing on the railway line, as police report an increase in anti-social behaviour as lockdown has eased.

Ryan Walker, 25, of no fixed abode, has been charged with two counts of theft, two counts of assault, racially aggravated criminal damage, trespassing on the railway line and three offences under the Public Order Act.

Sgt Steve Dundon of the Blackburn town centre policing team said that the force has seen an increase in anti-social behaviour in and around the town centre since lockdown has eased.

He said: “We have worked tirelessly with our partners to identify those responsible and to offer support to individuals to help them address any social needs that are contributing to them causing issues.

“In addition to this we have also been targeting those who continue to cause problems.

“Where we can, we always look for early intervention to support those in need and help them make good choices; however, it is paramount we protect our communities.

“We will continue to listen to our communities and tackle anti-social behaviour and other criminal behaviour across Blackburn.

“He will appear before Blackburn Magistrates Court on Monday 17th May 2021.”

You can report issues online via the Lancashire Constabulary website, or by calling 101 for non-urgent matters or 999 in an emergency.