South Woodford primary school goes into ‘lock down’ after fight breaks out nearby

PUBLISHED: 18:05 23 April 2018 | UPDATED: 11:14 24 April 2018

Oakdale Junior School

Oakdale Junior School


A fight broke out in South Woodford prompting a nearby primary school go into “lock down”.

The Recorder has seen an email sent by Oakdale Junior School, in Oakdale Road, to parents at 3.51pm today (April 23) informing them that they activated their “shelter procedures” after a member of the public notified them of an incident which took place nearby.

The email reads: “We recieved a telephone call from a member of the public about an incident in George Lane.

“We went into our ‘shelter procedure’ to protect the children.

“Once we were assured it was safe, we released the children.”

Responding to the email, a council spokeswoman said: “Following reports of an incident in the local area yesterday, Oakdale Junior and Infant School, decided to take precautionary measures by holding pupils inside the building and posting staff at key points on their sites.

“The schools priority is pupil safeguarding and the short period of precautionary measures ended when the school were advised that there was no risk to pupils.”

Police were called to reports of a fight involving two young men in George Lane at 3pm.

Officers attended and searched the area but found no suspects or injured people.

But a knife was recovered nearby. 
There have been no arrests and enquiries continue.

If you have any information about this incident, call police on 101 quoting CAD 4203/23APR or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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