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14-year-old girl suffers facial injuries in Blackburn town centre attack
12:00pm Saturday 2nd March 2013 in Blackburn
A 14-YEAR-OLD girl suffered facial injuries when she was attacked in Blackburn town centre.
Officers said the teenager, who was in Darwen Street at around 12.30am yesterday (Fri), had her mobile phone stolen in the robbery which is understood to have been committed by members of the group she was with.
Det supt Mark Haworth-Oates, from Blackburn CID, said the girl had been lucky not to receive more serious injuries.
He said: “There had been a disagreement between members of the group which led to an altercation.
“The 14-year-old girl was punched and kicked and had her property stolen.
“She was quite lucky. She has got a bit of swelling to her nose and her cheek, but nothing too serious.
“She is also shaken up.”
Three girls aged 14, 16 and 19 and a 21-year-old man all from Blackburn have been arrested on suspicion of robbery and were being questioned by officers yesterday.
It is understood the attack is linked with another incident that happened in Northgate around half an hour later.
During that attack, a man also had his phone stolen.
Det supt Haworth-Oates said he encouraged anybody with any information about either attack to come forward.
He said: “If there was anybody in the area at the time, I would be keen to speak with them.
“We have got a number of people we have already spoken to, but I would be interested in speaking to anybody else who might be independent of the group.”
Anybody with any information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.