Updated Statement Re Assaults, Almondbury Community School, Huddersfield

Thursday 29 November, 2018

Due to the evolving nature of the incidents which have been centred on Almondbury Community School, West Yorkshire Police would like to provide clarity to the community and media as to the sequence of events.

On 7 October, a 15-year-old male victim suffered a wrist injury during an incident in the playground the school. This was fully investigated by police at the time. Three youths were interviewed on 14, 16 and 17 October, and there was no further police action as the evidential test required to prosecute was not met and so the matter was referred to the school.

On 26 October the police received a report from the same male that he had been assaulted at school by a named 16-year-old male, the previous day (25 October).

Included in the report was the video evidence which has recently circulated in the media.

The suspect in this matter was interviewed by police on 6 November.

Upon completion of the investigation, it was reviewed by the Youth Offending Team, as all youth crime is and following their recommendation, the suspect was reported for summons and is currently awaiting a court date.

From the start of the investigation on 26 October, there has been a multi-agency approach to this incident, including police, the local authority and the school visiting the family. This incident has been treated very seriously by all those involved and has been swiftly investigated.

On 28 November, after visiting the victim’s family, police were made aware of a second video, in which a young female from the same family was assaulted at school. Police re-visited the family and have begun to investigate a public order offence.

The victims and their family have been receiving ongoing support from police and other partner agencies including Kirklees Council, as part of the Syrian Refugee resettlement programme and this continues with additional support while they are victims of crime.

West Yorkshire Police would continue to advise media that proceedings are active and involve a juvenile. We would advise not to share the video on websites or social media sites as it could prejudice future criminal proceedings.

We are also aware of rumours which are circulating on social media of the individuals involved in these incidents and there have been no reports made to West Yorkshire Police which substantiate these claims.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

We have been made aware of a video showing a girl being assaulted at Almondbury Community School yesterday (27/11).

The incident had not previously been reported to the police but we are now liaising with the girl’s family who we are continuing to support.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact Kirklees District CID via 101.

We would like to remind media of their responsibilities around publishing anything that could impact on police investigations or future criminal proceedings and of the issues surrounding the identification of juvenile victims and suspects.

Wednesday 28 November, 2018

Regarding the assault on a 15-year-old youth in Almondbury, which featured in a video posted on social media yesterday and has been widely reported in the media, a 16-year-old youth has been interviewed and reported for summons, for an offence of assault. He will appear at Youth Court in due course.

The incident occurred on 25 October this year and has been subject to thorough investigation since it was reported to us the day after. The victim and his family are receiving ongoing support from police and other agencies.

Media are reminded that proceedings are active and involve a juvenile. We would advise not to share the video on websites or social media sites as it could prejudice future criminal proceedings. Safeguarding measures have been put in place for the victim and his family.

A previous unconnected incident on 7 October, in which the victim suffered a wrist injury, was also fully investigated at the time. Three youths were interviewed. There was no further police action and the matter was referred to the school.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Superintendent Steve Dodds, of West Yorkshire Police Kirklees District, said: “We are investigating a report of a racially-aggravated assault of a 15-year-old boy which occurred on playing fields at Almondbury Community School at about 1pm on October 25.

“A 16-year-old boy has been interviewed by voluntary attendance in connection with the incident and we are continuing to progress the investigation.”

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