Police found class A drugs after “rugby tackling” a man who attempted to outrun them in an Accrington park.

On Tuesday afternoon (May 14) police were at Bullough Park in the town on patrol.

According to police, a man attempted to outrun officers and led them on a short chase.

However he was “rugby tackled” by police near a playground early in the pursuit.

After a search, police said they found £11,000 worth of class A drugs and a large quantity of cash, and the man was subsequently arrested.

Following the incident a man has been charged with possession of heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply, and acquiring/using/possessing criminal property.

A Lancashire Police spokesperson said: “Yesterday afternoon, the Hyndburn Taskforce Team arrested and remanded [a man] at Bullough Park, Accrington.

“The unlucky individual has been sighted by police and decided to try his luck attempting to outrun the officers.

“Unfortunately for him, he didn't anticipate that the team was well fuelled on coffee. After a short foot chase, [he] was eventually rugby tackled near the playground.

“When [he] was searched, officers found… more than £11,000 in Class A drugs and a large quantity of cash.

“The Hyndburn neighbourhood policing team will not tolerate drug dealing, especially in our parks and we'll continue to actively target those involved in crime.”