Police called due to Connah's Quay High School fracas

Published date: 05 April 2014 |
Published by: Robert Doman 
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POLICE have moved to quell fears pupils armed with weapons fought at a Flintshire secondary school.

Rumours on social media were rife weapons including knives, hammers and metal bars were involved in an incident at Connah’s Quay High School.

Parent Karen Turner told the Leader her 12-year-old son had witnessed a fracas at the school last Thursday afternoon and said she was now hoping to find an alternative after he told her pupils were carrying knives.

She says she is in fear for her child’s safety.

But police and school headteacher Greg Dixon both insist there was no major incident, despite police being called to the school and returning the following morning.

Mr Dixon said: “I can confirm there was an incident yesterday. Two boys were involved in a fight at lunchtime. The police were contacted during the afternoon as a precautionary measure to ensure there were no repercussions to the incident at the end of the school day and in the community.”

Michael McGivern, spokesman for North Wales Police (NWP), said in a statement: “NWP were notified by the school there had been a fight and they let us know in case there were any repercussions after school.

“Officers attended the area after 3pm and spoke to a number of youths.”

He said no weapons were involved or found and there was nothing to substantiate social network rumours along that line, adding the matter was closed.

He said police were not investigating the matter, but later added: “One juvenile has been arrested today (Friday) on suspicion of being in possession of an offensive weapon in Connah's Quay yesterday.”

Mr McGivern added it was “too early to say” if there was any connection between the arrest and the incident at the school.

Another juvenile was arrested for an unrelated offence of criminal damage.

He also confirmed “hi-viz reassurance patrols” were taking place in the Connah’s Quay area over the weekend.

Mrs Turner said: “I am really scared of letting my son go to school but I will be prosecuted if I don’t. My lad told me pupils were chasing one of his friends around the school with knives.

“I am looking to change his school now because it is frightening. My son feels unsafe. It is getting terrible there.”

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