A 19-year-old man has been arrested after 10 kids were assaulted on their way to school.
Police scrambled to the village of Wardle in Greater Manchester during rush hour after reports of an attack.
Officers believe ten pupils were assaulted and left with minor injuries – including one 14-year-old who was taken to hospital.
The children are thought to be pupils at nearby secondary school Wardle Academy.
Headteacher Brendan Hesketh confirmed to parents: “This morning Wardle experienced an incident which required the support of the police.
“The incident has been dealt with and there will be an extended police presence in the area.
“The incident occurred in the Wardle village but did involve some students on their way to the academy.
“The alleged assailant has been apprehended by the police and the academy is supporting students and families that may have been involved.
“The academy is very grateful for the very effective way in which the police dealt with the situation.
“If anyone has any information that will support student welfare or the police in their enquiries please contact us directly."
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The pupils are said to be ‘very distressed’ and it’s understood the local council is offering support to the school and the alleged victims, the Manchester Evening News reported.
A police spokesman said: “Shortly after 8.35am this morning, Friday 11 December 2020, police were called to reports that a number of pupils had been assaulted outside Wardle Academy on Birch Road, Rochdale.
"Officers attended the scene and arrested a 19-year-old man on suspicion of assault.
"It is believed 10 pupils were assaulted in the incident. A 14-year-old boy has been taken to hospital with minor injuries.
"Enquiries are ongoing.
"We are working closely with our partners to ensure those affected are supported."
Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 8420 quoting reference 624 of 11/12/2020.
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