Six teenagers arrested after fight at Palmers College, Grays

Principal Mark Vinall has reassured parents Palmers College is a safe place

Principal Mark Vinall has reassured parents Palmers College is a safe place

First published in News

SIX teenagers have been arrested and released on bail after a violent altercation outside the gates of a Grays college.

Police were called to Palmers College, in Chadwell Road, at 2.15pm on Tuesday, after an incident involving 20 to 30 youths.

A 17-year-old, 18-year-old and 19-year-old from Grays and three teenagers from East London, two aged 19 and a 17-year-old were arrested yesterday morning on suspicion of affray.

All six were later released on police bail until Friday, March 21, pending further enquiries.

Three people were injured in the incident and one later attended hospital for treatment.

Police have confirmed they are investigating reports some of the group were carrying weapons. Detectives believe the dispute was relating to a football match on Monday.

The college’s principal, Mark Vinall, has moved to reassure parents.

He said: “Our priority is education and we are keen to reassure parents the college is a safe environment for the students who come here.

“It’s business as usual. College life continues as normal.”

Rumours became rife on social media websites that a gun had been taken to the altercation.

It later appeared the reports were false.

Parents also raised concerns the incident was part of a gang culture at the 2,000- strong college.

Mr Vinall disagreed. He said: “There is no issue of a gang problem. Palmers is a very tranquil environment.

“It’s regrettable when an incident like this happens and rumours spread. People put two and two together and get five.”

A police spokesman said officers had increased patrols in the area.

Anyone with information can call detectives at Grays CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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9:49am Thu 6 Feb 14

Indred Cold says...

Palmers are lying
Palmers are lying Indred Cold
  • Score: -1

10:34am Thu 6 Feb 14

mikgrays says...

Indred Cold wrote:
Palmers are lying
Of course they are,our youth would never behave like that, get a grip
[quote][p][bold]Indred Cold[/bold] wrote: Palmers are lying[/p][/quote]Of course they are,our youth would never behave like that, get a grip mikgrays
  • Score: 13

5:09pm Thu 6 Feb 14

ThurrockResident says...

Such a peaceful and pleasant environment. NOT!
Such a peaceful and pleasant environment. NOT! ThurrockResident
  • Score: 8

6:48am Fri 7 Feb 14

Drunken Master says...

You can take the savages out of the jungle but not the jungle out of the savages!!
You can take the savages out of the jungle but not the jungle out of the savages!! Drunken Master
  • Score: 12

10:23am Fri 7 Feb 14

ebagumtrebor says...

Is the principle of Palmers reading the comments. This isn't the first time. It usually involves the more international students at Palmers. God bless em.
Is the principle of Palmers reading the comments. This isn't the first time. It usually involves the more international students at Palmers. God bless em. ebagumtrebor
  • Score: 14

11:17pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Marcus P says...

It is a shame for Palmers. Not so long ago they were ranked as outstanding now are branded as needing improvement by Ofsted. Does any one know why their reputation has been thrashed over the past seven years. What has happened to cause this?
It is a shame for Palmers. Not so long ago they were ranked as outstanding now are branded as needing improvement by Ofsted. Does any one know why their reputation has been thrashed over the past seven years. What has happened to cause this? Marcus P
  • Score: 5

11:19pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Marcus P says...

mikgrays wrote:
Indred Cold wrote:
Palmers are lying
Of course they are,our youth would never behave like that, get a grip
Most wouldn't but certain sections of certain communities do.
[quote][p][bold]mikgrays[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Indred Cold[/bold] wrote: Palmers are lying[/p][/quote]Of course they are,our youth would never behave like that, get a grip[/p][/quote]Most wouldn't but certain sections of certain communities do. Marcus P
  • Score: 6

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