Two arrested after trouble at school gates

Brannock High, Newarthill
Brannock High, Newarthill

Two teenage boys were arrested after police responded to reports of trouble outside Brannock High School on Friday (February 5).

It is alleged the pair were armed with weapons, and were apprehended nearby following a pursuit by officers around 3pm.

The incident comes just weeks after a pupil was taken to Wishaw General Hospital after being attacked during his lunch break at the Newarthill school.

The 16-year-old is said to have been assaulted by two boys wielding a metal pole on January 19.

As reported in the Times & Speaker, two boys aged 15 and 16 were arrested in connection with that incident, and a report submitted to the Procurator Fiscal and the Scottish Children’s Reporter administration.

On this occasion, two boys - aged 14 and 15 - have been arrested and a report will be sent to the Children’s Reporter.

One of the boys is said to be a pupil of the school.

Brannock headteacher Robert Colquhoun said: “We will not hesitate to contact Police Scotland to tackle potentially serious incidents, and we appreciate their swift and professional response.

“The vast majority of our pupils should be commended for their responsible and exemplary behaviour and we are grateful to the local community of Newarthill for their ongoing support.”