Eight people have been arrested after a Swindon pupil was assaulted by a gang carrying weapons while children were leaving school.

The assault, which took place on Tuesday, March 12, happened just outside St Joseph's Catholic College in Swindon at 3.15pm.

During the incident, a 14-year-old boy was attacked by a group of teens carrying weapons and left with injuries which are not thought to be life-threatening.

Detectives who have been investigating the disorder have now arrested eight people aged between 12 and 18 on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent.

Six of those arrested have been released on conditional bail while the police make further enquiries, and two remain in custody.

“This attack on one person by a group, some of whom were carrying weapons, is extremely concerning and will not be tolerated," said Detective Inspector Phillippa Sharpley.

"Our thoughts are very much with the victim, who required hospital treatment.

“For this to have taken place outside a school, as children were leaving with their parents, is sure to have caused a great deal of concern in the community, however this is being dealt with robustly and with the full force of the law.  

"If you witnessed what took place or are aware of any mobile phone footage of the incident then please contact us as a matter of urgency.”

Anybody who witnessed this attack or has any further information should contact police immediately by calling 101 and quoting the log number 54240028985.

You can also report information anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.