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Police investigate fight between King's School and Priory Ruskin Academy students in Grantham arranged over social media

Police say they are investigating a fight between students in Grantham which was arranged over social media.

The incident took place yesterday afternoon near the King's School and involved King's School and Priory Ruskin Academy students.

Both schools issued a warning to students by email yesterday and asked students not to gather 'needlessly' between home and school. The email said police has issued a Section 35 order allowing them to disperse people if they were causing alarm or distress in a public place.

Lincolnshire Police (9286998)
Lincolnshire Police (9286998)

Sergeant Ian Cotton, of Lincolnshire Police, said: “We are aware of the issues caused by youths associated with Priory Ruskin School and King's School yesterday. It appears a fight between certain pupils was arranged over social media. Our officers have been into both schools and others in the area today.

"We are in the process of gathering evidence in relation to what happened and those responsible will be dealt with. A dispersal order will be in effect from 2pm today until midnight for the area around the schools. Anyone breaching an officer's request to leave the area will be arrested.

"There will be an increased police presence in the area today after school. If you have any information in relation to the issues please call Lincolnshire Police on 101 and quote incident number 279 of 31/10/19.”

In a letter to parents today, King's School head master Simon Pickett said: "This morning I have spoken to all the boys in a series of assemblies and I explained the facts of the situation as we have them. I have also met with the police and have been in contact with Grantham College and the Priory Ruskin Academy.

"Yesterday evening, fuelled by social media, a group of children and adults arrived outside The King's School. Staff from both King's and Priory Ruskin were excellent in dispersing these individuals. The boys from King's were impeccably behaved, stayed calmly within the school and were able to board their buses home as normal.

"A group of older individuals did not disperse as readily and the Police issued a Section 35 Dispersal Order, giving them the power to arrest any individual who did not vacate the area. At this point the remaining individuals left the scene.

"The Police will be present at the school this evening and a further Section 35 order will be in place.

"Thank you for your understanding and your support in this matter."

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