Police step up patrols after Burnley schoolboy attack

GOING: A number of Police Community Support Officers are set to go. (S)
GOING: A number of Police Community Support Officers are set to go. (S)

POLiCE are stepping up patrols after a Burnley schoolboy was attacked last week.

The incident left the 13-year-old Blessed Trinity pupil, who had been walking home from school when he was jumped by a group of youths from Sir John Thursby, on crutches.

Blessed Trinity’s headteacher Miss Bernadette Bleasdale said the issue had been resolved and the school would continue to work closely with neighbouring Sir John Thursby.

“We have always worked very closely together and are involved in an ongoing project together under the community cohesion umbrella.

“The minute this incident happened it was dealt with and the parents have actually sent us thank you cards for how it was dealt with.”

Parents have raised concerns about similar incidents happening but Mrs Elaine Dawson, headteacher at Sir John Thursby, said a lot of proactive work was going on to ensure relations stayed smooth.

“We do work closely with Blessed Trinity on a lot of things including community cohesion and have done so for the past year,” she said.

A police spokesman said: “High visibility patrolling has been stepped up and we are working with children at both schools from all age groups. It was an issue but it has been dealt with and is now resolved.”