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A 15-year-old and a 16-year-old were remanded in custody, while two 15-year-olds and a 17-year-old were released on bail.They were originally charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent, but following Lancaster's death the Crown Prosecution Service upgraded the charges.
on Saturday, 11 August 2007, at the skate park area of Stubbylee Park, Bacup (grid reference The group followed them and assaulted Maltby, knocking him unconscious, and then Lancaster, who was shielding her boyfriend.Lancashire Police arrested five individuals in connection with the attack, but conducted extensive further investigations, as it appeared that up to fifteen people were in the area and may have witnessed or participated in the assault.The police identified the gothic dress of the couple as a possible motivation for the attack.Police said that it was "a sustained attack during the course of which the pair received serious head injuries and their faces were so swollen we could not ascertain which one was female and which one was male".Both were hospitalised as a result of the attack, initially at Rochdale Infirmary.They had asked for measures to be taken about the area before the tragedy occurred.
Following the murder, residents called for improved security in the area, but Rossendale Borough Council said park rangers would be too expensive.
The other three were convicted and jailed for grievous bodily harm.
A memorial fund was established in Lancaster's name, and numerous events have paid tribute to her locally, nationally and abroad.
On 18 October at Burnley Youth Court all five were committed for trial at Preston Crown Court.
A preliminary hearing was held on 31 October 2007, where the five accused faced a charge of murder for the death of Lancaster and a charge of grievous bodily harm with intent for the assault on Maltby.
By 5 October 2007, after questioning over 100 people, the police concluded that they were not expecting to make any more arrests in the case, and although 15–20 people were in the park at some point during the night of the attack, they believed that many were not directly involved, as the area was a regular night time hangout spot for teenagers.