A MAN has been charged with attempted murder after two teenagers suffered serious leg and back injuries.

Police were called to Brunswick Street in Nelson on Tuesday to reports of a serious disorder.

Officers found a 19-year-old man at the scene with serious injuries to his legs and hand. A second man, also 19, was found to have serious back injuries. Both men were taken to hospital.

Three other men were injured in the violence. They have since been discharged from hospital.

Nasar Ahmed, 18, of Reedyford Road, Nelson has been charged with two counts of attempted murder. He has been remanded in custody to appear at Blackburn Magistrates Court tomorrow morning.

Det Insp Nicola Bithell said: “Our thoughts are with the two seriously injured men at this time.

“We are continuing to appeal for information and would ask that anyone who could assist with our investigation contacts us immediately.

“I would like to re-iterate this is being treated as an isolated incident.

“There will be extra police patrols in Nelson over the coming evenings to offer reassurance to the community.”

Meanwhile, three 19-year-old men, from Nelson, and two 19-year-old men, from Burnley, arrested on suspicion of assault have been released on bail until August 14.

A 20-year-old man, from Nelson, arrested on suspicion of obstructing a police officer has been released without charge.

A section 60 order was used on Tuesday evening in the central, eastern and northern areas of Nelson to allow police to stop and search people and vehicles without suspicion if they felt violence could take place.