Ten children attacked on their way to school this morning with teenager arrested

A 19-year-old man has been arrested after 10 children were assaulted while on their way to school this morning.

Emergency services scrambled to the village of Wardle in Greater Manchester at around 8.35am to reports of an incident.

It’s believed 10 youngsters were assaulted, including a 14-year-old boy who was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The youngsters are thought to be pupils of a secondary school called Wardle Academy, the Manchester Evening News reports.

It’s understood none of them suffered serious injury.

The 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault.

Wardle Academy headteacher Brendan Hesketh confirmed the incident in a Facebook post at around 10.30am.

He said: “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.

“If anyone has any information that may support Police in their enquiries please contact us directly.”

A Greater Manchester 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.