Middlesbrough: Police respond to incident at primary school
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It is understood the “knifeman” was allegedly involved in a violent robbery on a street near the school, which led to a chase towards its grounds this morning. All pupils at Berwick Hills Primary School in Middlesbrough are safe.
But officers have arrested four men, Teesside Live reports.
They were in possession of sharp objects, police said.
A local resident said: “I just put my kids into school and I saw one of them hiding in the school grounds, he was hid behind a shed. I saw a knife.
“I told one of the staff and she said I’ll make the teachers aware.
“I came out and saw another lad trying to get a woman out of the car and she had her kids in the back of a car.”
Another said: “I don’t know what’s happened. My nephew is in there but they haven’t let any of the kids out.”
A third said: “It’s terrible, all the kids are okay they’ve had the school locked down. All the police dogs are in there.
“I’ve never see anything like it, it never used to be like that around here.”
Dad-of-four Kayfee Hameed, who helped police catch one of the knifemen at the scene, suffered injuries and was taken to hospital.
Speaking at the scene, his partner said: “Kayfee found a pole to try and stop him, he just picked up the nearest thing to try and stop him.
“He was stabbed in the leg and his hand, he’s in hospital getting stitches.
“My partner ran after him up Bransdale and he ran into the school grounds.
“His intention was to get the knife off him.
“He has four kids – he wouldn’t want anything bad happening to any kids.”
Cleveland Police said in a statement: “Police were called to an ongoing incident near to Berwick Hills Primary School this morning around 8:40am whereby a number of males were reported to be fighting with weapons.
“The incident spilled into the school grounds and the school took safety precautions.
“Armed officers attended the scene and a number of males were located in possession of sharp objects. Four males were arrested and taken into police custody.
“A male member of the public who assisted police in detaining the males suffered minor injuries.
“Officers can assure parents that the incident is not linked to the school and officers will remain in the area for some time to provide a high-visibility presence and reassurance to members of the public.
“Enquiries are ongoing.”
A spokesman for North East Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 8.52am to a person who was injured as the result of an incident on Westerdale Road in Middlesbrough. We dispatched a double crewed ambulance and transported one patient to hospital with minor injuries.”
Writing on its Facebook page at around 11.45am, the school said: “Children are all safe and secure, as soon as the police complete their investigation we will contact you so you can collect your child if you wish to do so. Thanks.”
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