Parents have been warned not to let their children walk home alone following two attacks on schoolboys.
The warnings came after an 11-year-old boy was assaulted while walking home along Union Road, Oswaldtwistle, at around 4.30pm on Sunday November 30.
It followed a similar incident on the morning of Friday, November 21 when a teenage boy was attacked while walking alone along Foxhill Bank, towards Rhyddings School.
Rhyddings acting headteacher Adele Nuttall said the youngster returned to school after hospital treatment.
But she warned pupils to avoid the Foxhill Bank area and walk home in groups.
She said: “Every child was made aware to avoid that area and walk home in groups.
“It’s absolutely shocking and we are taking it extremely seriously and working with the police.
“In winter we always encourage young children to wait for an older brother or sister or family member to pick them up.”
Meanwhile, bosses at Oswaldtwistle Civic Arts Centre warned parents not to let children walk home unaccompanied following Sunday’s incident.
Creative director Gayle Knight said parents have been asked to collect their children after sessions.
She said: “A lot of young people come to our centre and sometimes if they live close by, parents let them leave and head home on their own.
“At the moment, given what we have heard, we don’t feel that comfortable with young people leaving unaccompanied.
“It’s worth popping round to walk young people home.
“There is no harm in being cautious.”
A message on the Civic Arts Centre Facebook page insisted that parents must pick up children after sessions at the centre.
It said: “We would hate it if anyone was attacked after a session at the Civic.”
PC Kat Stokes, of Oswaldtwistle Police, said the two incidents are not believed to be linked.
She said: “We want to reassure people that it’s not a common occurrence, it’s not a massive problem in the area and hopefully the offenders can be brought to justice.
“Any incident or attack, especially on kids, is shocking and Oswaldtwistle has a strong sense of community so I can imagine people have been worried and concerned.
“Foxhill Bank is a nature reserve set back from Union Road.
“It’s an isolated area. Our advice would always be for children to keep out of isolated areas.
“The area is safe and we have a full neighbourhood team here.
“But parents can contact me if they have any concerns.”
Lancashire Police said officers are investigating an assault on a young boy on Union Road at around 4.30pm, on Sunday November 30 and an incident involving a schoolboy at Foxhill Bank, on Friday, November 21.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 01254 353103.