Armed police ‘sent to primary school’ after masked man ‘carries out assault’ at gates

Armed police were reported to have been sent to a Doncaster primary school this morning after reports of an assault involving a man in a balaclava on the site.
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One eyewitness told how two men in a blue Volvo had driven up to Sandringham Road Primary School in Intake before getting out of the car and launching an attack on another adult, on the school premises.

Police arrived at the school within minutes of the incident, with an ambulance also reported on the site.

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The school this morning told the Free Press everyone at the school was unhurt after the incident, and a statement would be issued through the local authority later.

Police outside Sandringham Road Primary School this morningPolice outside Sandringham Road Primary School this morning
Police outside Sandringham Road Primary School this morning

One eyewitness said they had seen a blue Volvo with two people inside, with one of them hanging out of the window wearing a balaclava and shouting.

It was described as being driven out of the health centre car park opposite the school.

The eyewitness said they had got out of the car, and a fight appeared to have broken out, adding he had not stayed around to watch.

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He said the violence had spilled through the outer gates of the school into part of the school grounds, but added a quick thinking member of staff had closed another, inner set of gates to prevent it spilling further into the site.

He said: “It was awful – one of the teachers who had been at the gate to check on things like masks seemed to get caught up in the middle of it.

“A lot of people seemed to be very shaken up.

"I don’t know who it was aimed at. But they rushed in and didn’t seem to care that it was full of six year olds and five year olds – it was awful. My son just went into school saying ‘daddy, there are baddies’.

“I just thought the caretaker did a really good job in getting the gate closed so quickly.

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"The police arrived quickly – it was armed police officers in balaclavas who arrived.

"It was horrible to see for the kids. I can't believe what happened.”

South Yorkshire Police and Doncaster Council have been approached for comment.

We will update the story today as more information emerges.

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