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Security ramped up in Parliament Hill after teen stabbed outside school

William Ellis staff gave first aid to the 16-year-old victim, who is recovering in hospital

13 June, 2017 — By William McLennan

Emergency services poured into Highgate Road on Monday afternoon

Extra police officers and security guards have been posted around Parliament Hill after a teenager was stabbed outside William Ellis school yesterday (Monday).

Staff at the school rushed to give first aid to the victim before air ambulance medics arrived by helicopter at around 2pm.

It is believed the victim, a 16-year-old boy who is said not to be a student at the Highgate school, was stabbed multiple times in the neck.

His condition is said to be non-life threatening. It is believed the attack took place outside school grounds, near to the Parliament Hill tennis courts.

The air ambulance landed within the grounds of the school.  The school said that none of their pupils was injured in the attack.

One witness, whose home overlooks the school, said: “I saw lots and lots of police. It was so overwhelmingly unusual to see such an amount of police outside the window. A young man was clearly arrested very rapidly. Somebody was taken into the back of a police van.”

They said that the person who had been arrested was not wearing a school uniform.

Vivian Yip said: “Police brought a sniffer dog and were checking the rubbish bin and the hedges.”

Head teacher Sam White said in a message to parents: “Our thoughts are with the injured young man and his family and friends and we wish him a speedy recovery.

“I am very grateful to our staff who provided a coordinated response, quickly assisted in this situation and provided first aid.

“There may be an increased police presence on Highgate Road over the next few days whilst the investigation continues.”

The London Ambulance Service said a paramedic was on the scene after one minute, adding: “We treated a teenager at the scene and took him as a priority to a major trauma centre.”

A statement added: “A teenage boy has been arrested on suspicion of GBH and taken to a north London police station for questioning.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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