Gang fights: pupils clash

SCORES of youngsters, some allegedly armed with weapons, descended on the town on Monday night after war was declared on Driffield School pupils – via the websites Facebook and Twitter – by students from Bridlington’s Headlands School.

Gangs from Bridlington were met at the train station in Driffield by police but it is believed many managed to evade the police escort and running clashes were reported in various locations around the town.

Police are now urging the public to be on the look-out for any gangs of youths congregating in the town or engaging in anti-social behaviour following suggestions that the Bridlington pupils may return.

At around 6pm gangs of youngsters stormed through the town with police riot vans later despatched in a bid to quash the violent clashes which were centred around North End Park.

Social networking websites Twitter and Facebook were buzzing with talk of the clashes.

“It’s gone mental in Driff! They have brought knives and hammers and baseball bats,” one comment said, with another message claiming: “Someone’s been stabbed apparently.”

Another Twitter user said: “Facebook has been taken over by everyone talking about the fight.”

“Hopefully Driff will win but hopefully no-one gets hurt,” they added.

One Facebook user said: “Some Brid kids went to fight Driff kids but the police turned up and sent them home.”

Trevor Davis, landlord of the Sidings pub, at Driffield Railway Station, said there was a heavy police presence at the station from 6pm onwards as groups of youngsters started getting off the trains from Bridlington.

Later that evening Mr Davis said there about six police officers at the station stopping any youngsters arriving at the platform from heading into town.

A spokesman for the British Transport Police said officers escorted a train back from Driffield to Bridlington with some youths on board but no offences were committed or arrests made.

Many of the youngsters involved were believed to be from Headlands School, in Bridlington, and Driffield School.

Senior staff at both schools have confirmed they will be helping police with their enquiries.

Ken Walmsley, deputy headteacher at Headlands School, said: “We have heard unsubstantiated rumours which we are currently investigating. We will, of course, co-operate fully with the police in the course of their investigations.”

Acting headteacher at Driffield School, Simon Jones, said: “We are aware of an incident taking place which was not on the school grounds.

“We are doing everything we can to help the police with their enquiries.”

A spokesperson for Humberside Police said: “Police were alerted to a group of youths having an altercation at the North End Park in Driffield on Monday March 21.

“Officers attended the scene to find that a group of youths aged between 14 and 16 years had been involved in a fight.

“No-one received any serious injuries and no arrests were made.

“Officers have issued fairway letters to all parties involved and all the children were escorted away from the area.”

Sgt Dave Jenkins, of the Driffield Neighbourhood Policing Team, said there had been suggestions that the youths may return yesterday lunch time but at the time of going to press this had not happened. He has, however, urged the public to contact the police if they see any groups of youths congregating or engaging in anti-social behaviour. Humberside Police can be contacted on 0845 6060222.