Three men have been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and false imprisonment of teenagers in the grounds one of Britain's most well-known Islamic girls' schools.
Police are said to be searching the Jamea Al Kauthar school in Lancaster after 'concern for the welfare of a small group' of students.
Last night officers arrested a 40-year-old man from Bolton and a 30-year-old from Blackburn on suspicion of sexual assault and false imprisonment.
A 53-year-old man from Blackburn has also been arrested on suspicion of false imprisonment.
The police would not confirm whether the men were school staff or the exact nature of the incidents being investigated.