Update: 0735 hrs
DETECTIVES are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding a disturbance outside a college in Grays.
A fight broke out between 20-30 teenagers and young men shortly after 2pm on Tuesday, February 4th at Palmer’s College on Chadwell Road.
Police believe the dispute was in relation to a football match the previous day.
Three people sustained minor injuries.
On Wednesday morning (February 5), five people were arrested on suspicion of affray at the college.A 17-year-old boy from Barking, a 19-year-old man from Canning Town and a 19-year-old man from Rainham, all from east London were detained along with a 17-year-old boy from Grays and an 18-year-old man from Grays.
Update: 1730 hrs
FIVE males have been arrested following an alleged mass brawl outside the gates of Palmer’s College in Grays.
Essex Police has confirmed that five males have been arrested on suspicion of affray and are being questioned at Grays Police Station.
Update: 1200 hrs
DETECTIVES have appealed for information following a violent altercation between two groups of youths outside a college in Grays.
Officers were called to Palmers College in Chadwell Road at about 2.15pm on Tuesday February 4 after a report of between 20 and 30 youths gathered outside the main gates.
Three youths were slightly injured and one later attended hospital for treatment.
Officers are investigating reports that some of the youths were carrying weapons. Detectives believe the dispute was in relation to a football match result the previous day.
One group of youths left the scene before police arrived and are believed to have gone towards Grays. A widespread search was carried out,
Police have increased patrols in the area and are currently liaising with the college staff to establish what caused the altercation.
Mark Vinall, principal at Palmers College said: “There was an isolated incident at the college entrance yesterday and we are currently assisting the police with their investigation. Please be reassured that student safety and education are always our priorities and, as the investigation proceeds, College life continues as normal.”
Anyone with information about the incident should contact detectives at Grays CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.