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Six jailed for college disorder

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Six men have been jailed for their part in disorder close to a Leyland college which left a student with arm injuries after a machete attack.

Shehroz Ahmad, 19, of Primrose Grove; Adam Khan, 20, of Albert Terrace; Murad Mohammed, 19, of Ringwood Close; Samadur Rahman, 20, of Curwen Street and Dilbagh Singh, 19, of Brackenbury Road – all Preston – and Gurmail Singh, 20, of Bryning Fern Lane, Kirkham were jailed at Preston Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday, May 4).

On March 4, 2019, police received information a disturbance was going to take place at Runshaw College on Langdale Road in Leyland.

Around 4pm a number of people arrived in cars including a Volkswagen Polo, a Vauxhall Astra and a Nissan Micra. The group, carrying weapons including machetes, baseball bats and a hammer walked towards the Worden Park side of the campus shouting at and confronting students.

During the incident a 17-year-old boy was attacked with a machete suffering an arm injury. No one else was injured during the disorder.

One of the offenders, Rahman, was later detained by police after being chased by some college students onto a bus.

The Nissan Micra was later stopped in Cairndale Road and following a search of the vehicle, a crow bar, kitchen knife and sword were recovered. Murad Mohammed and Adam Khan, passengers in the vehicle, were arrested.

Later that day, around 6pm, the Vauxhall was located with Dilbagh Singh detained and arrested. Gurmail Singh was stopped driving the Volkswagen around 9pm the same day.

Following further enquiries, Shehroz Ahmed was arrested on March 7.

The men were later given summons to appear at court, with all admitting to affray offences.

Gurmail Singh received 21 months in prison with a 28 month road ban for dangerous driving, with Rahman and Khan given 18 months.

Mohammed and Dilbagh Singh got 15 months and Ahmad was handed a 14 month sentence. All will serve their sentences in a young offenders institute.

Det Con Andrew Causey, of Lancashire Police, said: “This was a shocking and violent incident which provoked widespread outcry and condemnation.

“The offenders, in what appeared to be a dispute between two rival gangs, attended the college looking to cause trouble and commit serious offences.

“It is only through good fortune and an excellent police response, having become aware of the potential disorder earlier in the day, which prevented more serious injuries.

“The individuals involved were quickly located and arrested. Their actions, looking to attack students at the end of the college day, were reckless, brazen and endangered lives.

“We welcome the sentences handed down at court, which should serve as a warning to others wanting to take the law into their own hands.”


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