UPDATED: Two men released on bail after Blackburn 'gang clash' involving shotgun (From Blackburn Citizen)
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UPDATED: Two men released on bail after Blackburn 'gang clash' involving shotgun
5:10pm Monday 16th December 2013 in News
POLICE have released on bail two of the men thought to have been part of a violent gang clash in Audley on Saturday night.
Three men were arrested following the riot in Kempton Rise in Blackburn that resulted in gun fire.
A 30-year-old man from Blackburn remains in custody but police have released a 31-year-old man from Blackburn and 34-year-old man from Bolton who were also arrested in connection with the investigation.
The men were arrested following a violent Blackburn street clash involving a shotgun.
Onlookers called police are hearing gun fire in Audley, after a fight involving up to 30 men erupted on Saturday night.
Armed police were called as the force helicopter flew overhead to try and catch the offenders.
A single barrel shotgun was found by officers near the scene, in Kempton Rise, just off Pringle Street.
Two vehicles, which the police believe the offenders used, were also recovered nearby.
A 20-year-old resident, who watched the incident from her bedroom window, said: “I saw a battered car with smashed in windows driving all over the place.
“Then I just saw a lot of men chasing after it with big sticks in their hands. I heard a screeching noise and a big bang. “It was really scary to see and I was really frightened.
“I just kept wishing that they’d stop and not come near my house.”
Another resident, who did not wish to be named, said he saw ‘bullet holes’ in a car and shots being fired in one man’s direction.
He said: “I could see that they’d shot at him but he got up and tried to run away.
“It was really scary.
“I’d heard loud bangs and I came outside to see what was going on. “I saw a gang of what you can only describe as hooligans, with scarves pulled up over their noses to hide their faces.
“I saw them smashing a black car that had bullet holes in the windscreen. “They had baseball bats in their hands and one of them had a gun.
“I have two children in my house and I was trying to keep them from seeing anything and telling them there was nothing to worry about - trying to play everything down.
“I just can’t understand why people behave like this and I’ve never seen anything like it before.
“They were all chanting and shouting and banging on doors and cars - it was like something that you’d see on a crime show on TV.”