Pupils prevented from leaving Doncaster school after police were called out to reports of ‘dispute’

Police were called to a Doncaster secondary school this afternoon, following reports of a ‘dispute between children’.

Thursday, 21st March 2019, 5:11 pm
Updated Thursday, 21st March 2019, 5:18 pm
Police were called to Astrea Academy Woodfields this afternoon

South Yorkshire Police were called to Astrea Academy Woodfields, in Weston Road, Balby just after 3pm. 

A spokesman said officers were called in to help disperse the crowds that had gathered, following the incident. 

The Free Press received reports from parents suggesting that some of those involved in the incident were in possession of a knife.

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The SYP spokesman said: “No witnesses reported seeing any weapons, and we have spoken to at least five teachers at the school.”

A parent, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: “I was told that a gang of pupils were fighting with knives.”

She added: “My daughter called me crying saying she was scared. I’m annoyed that I found out about it that way.”

Pupils were prevented from leaving school premises while police dealt with the incident, confirmed the spokesman. 

Officers left the scene at around 4.30pm. 

The school has been approached for comment. 

Anyone with information is asked to call SYP, quoting incident number 536 of March 21, 2019.