Youths armed with knives and baseball bats involved in fight in Buckinghamshire town

Up to 25 youths, some armed with baseball bats and knives, were involved in a fight in a Bucks town on Saturday afternoon.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 6th March 2016, 1:10 pm
Updated Sunday, 6th March 2016, 1:14 pm
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At around 3.55pm, police were called to Desborough Recreation Ground in Fryers Lane, High Wycombe, to reports of a fight.

Police said approximately 20 – 25 youths were found in attendance and some of them were armed with weapons including baseball bats and knives.

Fortunately, no one was found to be seriously injured.

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Four people were arrested following this incident; two 15-year-old boys and two 16-year-old boys from High Wycombe, all on suspicion of affray and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place. Today a further three have been arrested and are currently in custody.

Sgt Darren Mitchell from High Wycombe Neighbourhood Policing said: “Officers reacted swiftly and calmly to this violent disorder and were able to break up the fight and speak to those involved. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured, but there is no doubt that this incident could have escalated had police not intervened.

“Violent behaviour such as this will absolutely not be tolerated in our community. Officers remain in the area today and tomorrow speaking to residents and conducting enquiries. A number of people have already been arrested in connection with this incident and we are working to identify others who may have been involved.

“If anyone has any information about this incident and has not yet spoken to police, please contact me via the 101 number as soon as possible. Alternatively you can speak to officers who are out and about today, or visit your local police station.

“Anyone with any concerns, please speak to the local neighbourhood team. This type of incident is extremely rare in Wycombe and we will be doing everything in our power to prevent it from happening again.”

If you have any information about the incident call the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101.

If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.