UPDATED: Police called to Palmer's College following reports of armed youths

Basildon Recorder: ARMED police are reported to have attended an incident today at Palmers College, Grays. ARMED police are reported to have attended an incident today at Palmers College, Grays.

PATROLS are being stepped up around Palmer's College following reports of armed youths gathering outside.

Police were called to Chadwell Road at 2.15pm on Tuesday after receiving calls that a group of youngsters, some reported to have weapons, were standing outside the college.

The group had gone by the time police arrived and there was no trace of them despite police carrying out a wide search of the area.

But it was indicated to police that the youths might have been carrying baseball bats.

Speculation was rife on Twitter, with one witness reporting there had been a fight.

Palmer's College is the primary further education college in Thurrock, with almost 2000 students enrolled there.

One woman, who lives in the Chadwell Road area, told the Gazette: “This is gang fights which have been escalating at the college. It’s been going on for a while now and everyone knows about it.”

A police spokesman said: “Police were called to Chadwell Road at 2.15pm following reports of a group of youths, some apparently with weapons. They were gathered outside the college.

“The group left before police arrived and officers conducted a wide-area search but there was no trace of the youths.

“Police are appealing to anyone with information to contact officers at Grays police station.”

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7:27pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Marcus P says...

Oh dear..Thurrock is becoming more like down town Detroit/South London every day. It makes you hark back to a better and more recent past.
Oh dear..Thurrock is becoming more like down town Detroit/South London every day. It makes you hark back to a better and more recent past. Marcus P

8:13am Wed 5 Feb 14

pembury53 says...

such errant behaviour needs crushing quickly, if not to escalate.....
such errant behaviour needs crushing quickly, if not to escalate..... pembury53

10:17am Wed 5 Feb 14

PoorFleet says...

East Londons exports to Thurrock are really enriching the area.
East Londons exports to Thurrock are really enriching the area. PoorFleet

1:59pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Indred Cold says...

Not an isolated incident there is a gang culture at the college as there is in Grays
Not an isolated incident there is a gang culture at the college as there is in Grays Indred Cold

9:32am Thu 6 Feb 14

stuart695 says...

Palmers used to represent the cream of Thurrock and South Essex youth which means this story presents quite a scary outlook for the future of Thurrock. Should we presume the worst for Thurrock Tech as it moves next to Grays Station later in the year. Not sure I want my child to go to secondary school in the borough let alone college. Time for the police to implement zero tolerance policies in Thurrock?
Palmers used to represent the cream of Thurrock and South Essex youth which means this story presents quite a scary outlook for the future of Thurrock. Should we presume the worst for Thurrock Tech as it moves next to Grays Station later in the year. Not sure I want my child to go to secondary school in the borough let alone college. Time for the police to implement zero tolerance policies in Thurrock? stuart695

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