Lancashire

Weapons and cannabis found as police swoop in Nelson

Weapons seized by police Image copyright Lancashire Police
Image caption Meat cleavers, axes and chain mail body armour were among the items seized

Police arrested a man wearing chain mail body armour as they seized a haul of weapons and drugs during a disturbance in Lancashire.

Concerned residents had reported a large gathering of people in Westfield Road, Nelson, on Tuesday evening.

Officers attended and found weapons including meat cleavers and axes hidden in cars, before a search of a nearby home revealed a cannabis farm.

Five people were arrested on suspicion of violence and drug-related offences.

Three men, aged 28, 31 and 32, were held on suspicion of conspiracy to commit violent disorder and possession of offensive weapons.

A further two arrests were made at a house in Smith Street, where the cannabis farm was found.

A 44-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit violent disorder and possession of offensive weapons, and a woman, 36, was held on suspicion of cultivating cannabis and extracting electricity.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said the arrests were believed to have prevented violent disorder taking place.

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