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Five teenage males arrested after armed police respond to reports of fight involving a knife in Bridge Street, Stratford

Five people have been arrested after armed police responded to reports of a weapon being used in violent disorder in Stratford.

Officers responded to reports of a fight involving a group of males in Bridge Street at around 4.10pm yesterday (Thursday, 23rd May).

CCTV images show one of the males armed with a knife.

The Herald understands from witnesses that the incident happened near to Greggs.

Greggs on Bridge Street
Greggs on Bridge Street

Five boys suspected to have been involved have been arrested and an investigation has been launched.

A 15-year-old boy from Coventry, a 15-year-old boy from Stratford and a 14-year-old boy from Stratford were all arrested on suspicion of assault.

A 16-year-old boy from Leicester was arrested on suspicion of affray.

A 14-year-old boy from Stratford was arrested on suspicion of assault and affray.

A boy suffered minor cuts to his back in the incident.

Inspector Ben Hembry, safer neighbourhood lead for the Stratford area, said: “This was an appalling level of violence in broad daylight in a busy area of Stratford. Police were quickly on the scene to identify those we believe to have been responsible and arrest them. At this time we believe those involved were known to each other.

“Fortunately, nobody was badly hurt in the incident, but it could have been so much worse.

“I can assure local people that we will do everything in our power to identify those responsible for the disorder and ensure they are held to account for their actions. We will send a clear message that this level of violence will not be tolerated.”

Police are continuing to appeal for any witnesses and anyone with video footage to contact police at Tell us something you've seen or heard | Warwickshire Police or call 101 quoting incident 224 of 23 May 2024. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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