A THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD boy has been arrested after an alleged attack on a 12-year-old.
The young victim, a Year 8 pupil at Dyke House Sports and Technology College, was beaten up in the Brougham Terrace and Mapleton Road area of Hartlepool.
The boy later took ill after making his way home and was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, for treatment.
A 13-year-old was arrested on suspicion of assault and has been bailed.
School bosses say the incident did not happen during school hours.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “Police were contacted by ambulance service colleagues just after 3.15pm on Sunday with reports that a 12-year-old boy had been assaulted in the
Brougham Terrace/Mapleton Road area of Hartlepool and that he had later taken ill.
“The boy was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees and released the following afternoon.
“A 13-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of assault and he was interviewed then bailed while inquiries continue.”
Dyke House headteacher Andrew Jordon said staff became aware of the alleged attack after ringing the boy’s parents on Monday to find out why he was not at school.
He added: “We believe that the student was beaten up at the weekend and there were boys from another school.
“We don’t even know if it was another school in Hartlepool, but we do know that it’s not anybody from Dyke House.
“We believe that the student is now at home, recovering from whatever happened.”
A North East Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “We were called to playing fields next to Crawford Street in Hartlepool but the call was actually cancelled.
“It looks as if the patient made their own way to hospital. “We were alerted to the incident but subsequently were not required.”
Any witness who has not yet spoken to police is asked to contact Cleveland Police’s Major Crime Team on 101.