Police launch information appeal following fight between youths armed with baseball bats and knives in High Wycombe
At around 3.55pm on Saturday 5th March 2016 Thames Valley Police were called to Desborough Recreation Ground in Fryers Lane following reports of a fight.
Upon arrival at the scene police found approximately 20 to 25 youths in attendance. Some of them were armed with weapons including baseball bats and knives. Fortunately, no one was found to be seriously injured.
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. On Sunday 6th March 2016 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.‘
Thames Valley Police are appealing from anyone who may have any information about the incident to please 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. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.