Police have dispersed a large group of youths setting fires at a nature reserve in Oswaldtwistle.

Neighbourhood and response officers were called to Jack House Nature Reserve tonight (July 14) after reports of a 'gathering'.

They dispersed around 60 'kids' from the area and also found 'numerous drug packets and alcohol' left at the scene.

Hyndburn Police said most of the children were recognised as being from the local area and 'clearly travelled to get here today'.

Officers said they are now facing 'regular problems' on a 'daily basis'.

PCSO James Southworth said: "Tonight officers from both neighbourhood and response have been out in the Jack House Nature reserve in Oswaldtwistle where a gathering was located setting numerous fires inside.

"If your child has been dressed up when they left the house today then they where most likely here.

"We have dispersed approximately 60 kids from the area where there was numerous drug packets and alcohol left behind.

"This has been one of our regular problems that we are being faced with on a more daily basis.

"Most of the children dispersed are recognised from the Hyndburn area and have clearly travelled to get here today.

"Please can we ask that the dangers of setting fires in wooded areas are discussed with your children in order to prevent this from become a series issue."

The incident comes after a group of 100 youths were dispersed by police last month for "jumping into water" at Rishton Paper Mill waterfall.

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