Stoke & Staffordshire

Teens arrested over pupil attack shared on Facebook

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Image caption A 13-year-old needed hospital treatment but is now recovering at home

A 15-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy have been arrested after footage of a schoolgirl being assaulted in Tamworth was shared on social media.

The attack on Monday left a 13-year-old girl needing hospital treatment, police said.

Footage posted on Facebook showed the victim being punched and kicked while other children encouraged her attacker.

A school attended by three pupils thought to be involved condemned the behaviour.

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Image caption Staffordshire Police urged people not share the footage on social media

Staffordshire Police arrested the teenagers on suspicion of assault on Wednesday after viewing the footage, which has since been deleted, online.

They have now both been bailed.

The victim suffered minor injuries and was recovering at home, the force said.

A statement from the school, which the BBC is not naming, said: "This was a disgusting and vicious assault that took place away from school on Monday evening and involved three students.

"Despite this taking place away from school, we have not hesitated in taking the firmest action possible against those who perpetrated it and those who stood by and encouraged it.

"We are assisting the police with their inquiries and will ensure that all those who behaved so appallingly are brought to justice."

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Image caption The footage showed the victim being punched and kicked as other children encouraged her alleged attacker

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