Monday, October 02, 2006

More race trouble in Preston

Hundreds clash in street battle

A teenager was stabbed when hundreds of people became involved in a battle on the streets of Preston.

Trouble centred on the Jamea Masjid mosque in Clarendon Street, Avenham, for more than four hours last night (Sunday) and led to a massive policing operation.Preston's police chief said the problems were triggered by local youths throwing stones at cars belonging to people attending the mosque.This sparked a response from around 200 people inside the mosque who came out to defend those under attack.

It resulted in one 16-year-old Asian youth being stabbed in the arm, but ambulance crews were turned back as the police felt it was too dangerous for them to enter the scene.

Fighting continued into the early hours and led to police requiring back-up from officers as far away as Lancaster and Burnley.

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