UPDATE: Two charged after police hit with bottles in mass town centre fight

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Police were pelted with bottles as hundreds of youths took to the streets in Blackpool town centre last night.

Around 500 people from the Fylde coast and further afield were involved in large-scale disorder following the latest round of the World Fireworks Championship at North Pier.

Police were called to Bank Hey Street and Victoria Street at around 9pm, with the violence spreading to several other streets nearby.

A 19-year-old Blackpool man has been charged with being drunk and disorderly as well as assaulting a police officer, while a 22-year-old resort woman has been charged with using threatening behaviour and resisting arrest.

Ten others, aged between 13 and 22, have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Youths from Fleetwood and Preston, as well as Blackpool, are thought to have been involved in the disorder, which was brought under control after around an hour.

Some police officers sustained minor injuries as a result of the riot.

Officers are set to increase patrols in the town centre over the rest of the weekend.

Det Sgt Mark Dickinson, who is investigating the incident, said: “It’s clear that some people are coming here with the intent to cause trouble.

“The level of violence is completely unacceptable and a plan is in place to increase visible patrols around the town centre for the remainder of the weekend and next weekend.”

For the full story, see Monday’s Gazette.