DOZENS of police officers and force helicopter were deployed to break up a confrontation between two rival traveller gangs.
A number of men were held following the bust-up on land close to the St Helens Linkway.
Superintendent Dave Fox said: “The Force received information from the community that there was potential for disorder between two local crime groups in the St Helens area.
“Police resources were sent to the area to ensure that this did not happen and a policing operation remains in place.”
* Eugene Price, 30 years of Broadoak Road, Parr has been charged with witness intimidation, affray and breach of bail.
He appeared before JPs at Knowsley Magistrates on Saturday.
Seven other men arrested in connection with the incident have been released on police bail pending further inquiries.