‘We DO NOT consent to snowball fights’: Child arrested for public order offences after gang of youths ambush police officers with snowballs
- Lancashire Police arrested youth after group threw snowballs at McDonalds
- Officer was nearly hit in the face in Chorley and dispersal order now issued
A child was arrested after a gang of youths ambushed police officers with a snowball fight.
Officers on patrol spotted youths throwing the icy projectiles towards McDonalds in Chorley, Lancashire which came ‘very close to hitting officers and members of public in the face’.
A furious police sergeant posted on social media that officers ‘DO NOT consent to a snowball fight’ as it was revealed a child was arrested for alleged public order offences.
Following the incident last night, Lancashire Police put a dispersal order in place.
Sgt Harrison, from the Chorley & South Ribble Task Force, said yesterday: ‘This evening Officers from Chorley Neighbourhood and Task force are out and about tackling ASB and crime.
A child was arrested after a gang of youths ambushed police officers with a snowball fight
Snow covered Preston Tower in Northumberland on Tuesday night
Officers on patrol spotted youths throwing the icy projectiles towards McDonalds (pictured) in Chorley, Lancashire which came ‘very close to hitting officers and members of public in the face’
‘Whilst going about our business Youths have begun throwing snow balls towards McDonalds which have been very close to hitting officers and members of public in the face.
‘We DO NOT consent to a snowball fight and we will take positive action against any people who have been identified attempting to assault officers.
‘Officers will be on duty all weekend and behaviour of this nature will NOT be tolerated.’
The dispersal order means anyone suspected of causing anti social behaviour will be directed to leave a specified area. Failing to comply with police directions comes with the risk of arrest.
The order was put in place from 3am this morning and will be reviewed with a possibility of it continuing through the weekend, police said.
And heavy snow is to sweep across the UK again this weekend after temperatures plunged to as low as minus 15.2C last night.
Pictured: Today’s snow in the North Yorkshire village of Great Ayton
The flurry of heavy snow did not stop revellers from hitting the bars in Leeds last night
Yellow weather warnings have been issued for large swathes of the country just as Storm Larisa battered parts of the UK with 50mph gales and blizzards.
Delays and cancellations could be expected as a result, with the Met Office anticipating that buses, trains and flights may take a hit.
Drivers have also been urged to avoid getting behind the wheel, with the chance that more vehicles could be left stranded in the treacherous conditions.
A yellow snow and ice warning covers much of northern England and southern Scotland until 6am on Sunday.