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UPDATED: SCHOOL CHILDREN ARRESTED AS POLICE INVESTIGATE ‘VIOLENT DISORDER’ IN NEWPORT


A number of teenagers are understood to have been arrested by Police as part of an ongoing investigation into an alleged assault in Newport yesterday (Wednesday).

Officers on the Isle of Wight are piecing together exactly what happened in the area of Seaclose Park, close to Medina College, shortly after the end of the the school day.

According to reports, Police and ambulance crews were called to the scene of the incident sometime around 16:00. It’s thought at least 1 person was taken to St Mary’s Hospital.

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It’s believed that as many as 5 teens – 3 girls and 2 boys – have been arrested and questioned by Police.

UPDATE @ 12:15 – Hampshire Constabulary are now appealing for video footage, recorded on mobile phones, of what they are describing as a ‘public order incident’ at Seaclose Park yesterday.

Police have confirmed that they were called at 15:45 to an incident involving a group of young people just off Fairlee Road in Newport. Officers attended and the group dispersed. A number of people were spoken to and it was indicated that witnesses had recorded footage on mobile phones.

As a result of the incident, a 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl were left with minor injuries.

Investigations into the incident have led to the arrest of three 14-year-old girls and a 15 year-old girl on suspicion of violent disorder. They have all been released from custody without charge, but remain under investigation.

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Detective Inspector Ron Lock said:

“I’m keen to hear from any members of the public who have either recorded footage of this incident, or who have seen this being shared on social media platforms.

“My officers are continuing to speak to a number of teenagers and their parents to identify everyone who was involved. Thankfully no-one was seriously hurt.

“Officers from the Neighbourhood Policing Team will be patrolling the area and working with local schools and I’d encourage teenagers or parents who have any concerns to speak to one of these uniformed officers”.

UPDATE FRIDAY – A 13-year-old and a 16-year-old have been arrested on suspicion of assault and released under investigation, according to Police. That takes the total number of arrests to 6.

Anyone with video footage of this incident should email the files to [email protected]. Information can be given to Police by calling 101, quoting 44190088427. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

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