Chorley residents disturbed by 'series of loud bangs' in early hours as police respond

Reports of 'loud bangs' in Chorley have caused concern in the community with residents claiming to have been disturbed by the startling noises.

Police were called shortly after 11pm last night (May 31) to a report of 'some suspicious activity' on Buchanan Street in the town where a man had been seen and a 'noise like a bang or a loud pop heard'. Later, at just after 1am today (June 1), Chorley Police were called about a 'series of loud bangs' on Hollinshead Street.

Officers attended but there was 'no trace of anybody'. Detectives are now carrying out enquiries to establish exactly what has gone on and this afternoon the force issued a statement to reassure the community they have had 'no reports of any injuries or damage to any property or vehicles'.


An appeal has been launched to to anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious. There continues to be police activity in the area today.

Chief Insp Chris Abbott, of Chorley Police, said: "I appreciate that these incidents may have caused some concern in the local area, and we are working hard to try and establish what has happened. Fortunately, at this stage it does not appear anyone has been injured or any property damaged.

"We have a team of detectives and uniformed officers in the area who are making enquiries, as well as staff working behind the scenes, and I would urge anyone who has any information or concerns to go and speak to them. If you have any CCTV or Ring doorbell footage, then I would ask you to get in touch.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting log 1655 of May 31. Alternatively, you can contact independent charity Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.