Further arrests and charges in Nelson disorder investigation

Monday, May 15, 2023

We have made three more arrests and charged two men as part of our investigation into disorder in Nelson.

At 10pm on Tuesday (May 9) we were called by the North West Ambulance Service to reports of an assault in Manchester Road, Nelson.

Officers attended and found a man in his 30s with a serious head injury. The assault is believed to have happened in Every Street.

At 2.30am on Wednesday (May 10) we were called back to Manchester Road, at the junction with Lomeshaye Road, to reports a BMW X5 had collided with a house. The car is thought to have been in pursuit with another vehicle at the time. A man in his 30s was seriously injured.

Following enquiries three men were arrested over the weekend on suspicion of violent disorder. They are a 25-year-old man from Blackburn, a 36-year-old man from Barrowford and a 25-year-old man from Barrowford. They have been released on conditional bail.

Two men arrested last week on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class A drug after our officers attended an address in Blackburn have now been charged.

Hassan Saqib, 27, from Besant Close, Blackburn, and Shezad Sikander, 34, of Burnley Road, Briercliffe, were charged with possession with intent to supply crack cocaine. Saqib was also charged with acquiring / using / possessing criminal property. Both men were remanded into custody to appear at Preston Magistrates Court on Saturday.

Six men previously arrested on suspicion on violent disorder have since been released on conditional bail.

DCI Tom Edmondson, of East Division, said: “We have now made 11 arrests in relation to this ongoing investigation and I want to make it clear that this disruptive activity will continue. If you are engaging in violent or illegal activity in Pendle then expect a knock at the door.

“I hope this pro-active approach will encourage the public to report any illegal or suspicious activity taking place in their area to us, confident that we will take the appropriate action.”

Report it online via or call 101, quoting log 131 of May 10,

Rate this page