Primary school in lockdown after cops rush to 'serious incident' after reports of stabbing

A PRIMARY school is said to be in "lockdown" as cops rushed to what was described as a "serious incident" amid rumours of a "stabbing".

Cops rushed to West Park Academy in Darlington with reports of a police helicopter circling above the school.

A parent of a pupil at West Park Academy shared a message sent to all parents at the school.

It read: "We have been notified by the police that there is a serious ongoing incident in West Park.

"We are currently in lockdown and all children are safe. We will not allow any children to leave the school without an adult (not an older sibling) Please pick up as normal with an adult. Top gate is locked."

The parent added: "My wife went to pick up my daughter an all afternoon a police helicopter had been circling at about 200 feet very slowly."

Durham Police confirmed a teenage boy had been stabbed.

It said in a statement: "Police were alerted to reports of a serious assault on Collingsway, in Darlington at approximately 12.45pm this afternoon (June 21).

"Colleagues from the ambulance service reported a stabbing incident and officers attended the scene.

"The victim, a male in his mid-teens was taken to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, suffering from stab wounds.

"A suspect has been identified and a police operation is underway to make an arrest.

"It is believed the suspect and victim are known to each other."

The Sun Online has approached the school for comment.

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