Police act to allay gang fight fears

POLICE were forced to increase their presence around two schools in response to concerns that rival gangs were targeting each other.

A teenager was taken to hospital at the beginning of last week after being hurt during a confrontation involving a large group of youths gathered at Stakeford bridge in Ashington.

It is believed the confrontation was between rival gangs of students from Ashington and Bedlington high schools.

A police spokesperson said: “Police were called just after 6pm on Monday, February 14, to a report of a large gathering of youths on Stakeford Bridge.

“Officers attended and dispersed the groups, and a 14-year-old boy was treated at Wansbeck General Hospital in Ashington for minor injuries.”

Following that, it’s believed rumours were circulated around the internet about organised fights between the two groups, but nothing took place.

The police spokesman added: “Police have received information about potential disorder among pupils at Bedlington and Ashington High Schools.

“We are working closely with the schools and liaising with staff on a regular basis.

“We have had an enhanced policing presence at the schools this week and officers have been speaking to staff, pupils and parents to offer advice and reassurance.

“We will continue to monitor the situation.”