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Boy arrested after gang of youths ambushes policemen with snowballs in Chorley, Lancashire

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‘We do not consent to snowball fights’: A boy arrested for public order offenses after a gang of youths ambushed policemen with snowballs

  • Lancashire Police have arrested a young man after a group threw snowballs at McDonalds
  • The officer was nearly struck in the face in Chorley and a dispersal order has now been issued

A boy was arrested after a gang of youths ambushed police officers with a snowball fight.

Patrol officers saw youths throwing icy shells towards McDonalds in Chorley, Lancashire, which came “very close to hitting officers and members of the public in the face”.

An irate police sergeant posted on social media that officers “do NOT consent to a snowball fight” as it was revealed that a boy was arrested for alleged public order offences.

Following last night’s incident, Lancashire Police issued a dispersal order.

Sergeant Harrison of the Chorley & South Ribble task force said yesterday: ‘Tonight officers from the Chorley neighborhood and task force are out and dedicated to tackling ASB and crime.

A boy was arrested after a gang of youths ambushed police officers with a snowball fight

Preston Tower covered in snow in Northumberland on Tuesday night

Preston Tower covered in snow in Northumberland on Tuesday night

Patrol officers saw youths throwing icy shells towards McDonalds (pictured) in Chorley, Lancashire, which was

Patrol officers saw youths throwing icy shells towards McDonalds (pictured) in Chorley, Lancashire, which came “very close to hitting officers and members of the public in the face”.

“While going about our business, youth have started throwing snowballs towards McDonalds that have come very close to hitting officers and members of the public in the face.

‘We DO NOT consent to a snowball fight and will take positive action against anyone who has been identified attempting to assault officers.

“Officers will be on duty all weekend and behavior of this nature will NOT be tolerated.”

The dispersal order means that anyone suspected of causing anti-social behavior will be directed to leave a specific area. Failure to comply with the instructions of the police carries the risk of arrest.

The order went into effect as of 3 a.m. this morning and will be reviewed with the possibility of continuing through the weekend, police said.

And heavy snow is set to sweep the UK again this weekend after temperatures dipped to minus 15.2C last night.

Pictured: Today's snow in the North Yorkshire village of Great Ayton

Pictured: Today’s snow in the North Yorkshire village of Great Ayton

A flurry of heavy snow didn't stop revelers from flocking to Leeds' bars last night.

A flurry of heavy snow didn’t stop revelers from flocking to Leeds’ bars last night.

Yellow weather warnings were issued for large swaths of the country just as Storm Larisa battered parts of the UK with 50mph gales and blizzards.

As a result, delays and cancellations can be expected, and the Met Office anticipates that buses, trains and flights may be affected.

Drivers have also been urged to avoid getting behind the wheel, with the possibility of more vehicles being stranded in the treacherous conditions.

A yellow snow and ice warning covers much of northern England and southern Scotland until 6am on Sunday.



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