Child rape, theft and assault among allegations at South Yorkshire schools

BURGLARY warning from the police.
BURGLARY warning from the police.

Police have been called out to allegations of child rape, theft and assault at schools and colleges across South Yorkshire in the last two years.

Officers from South Yorkshire Police have attended 466 crimes at nurseries, pre-schools, schools and colleges in 2013 and 2014 – the equivalent of more than one call out every two days.

Figures obtained as part of The Star’s Your Right To Know campaign show 215 crimes recorded in 2013 and 251 in 2014.

Police were called to two allegations a pupil had sexually assaulted a female child over 13 in 2013 and another alleging a teacher had committed the assault.

There was one allegation of rape of a female child under 16 in 2013 and two last year.

The largest number of recorded incidents were for allegations of assault causing injury – 63 in 2013 and 78 in 2014.

There were also five allegations of assaults which were intended to cause serious harm and 76 which did not cause injury.

Police were called to 162 allegations of theft, including 14 incidents of bikes being stolen. A total of 138 allegations were categorised as ‘other theft or unauthorised taking’.

Other offences included criminal damage to buildings, harassment, burglary and racially or religiously aggravated assault with injury.

Only five of the call outs were to nursery schools and pre-schools for accusations of assault and theft.

In all the allegations the complainant or victim was either a student, teacher, lollipop man or woman or a dinnerlady.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Children and young people have the right, as every other member of the public in South Yorkshire, to attend their school or college without the fear or risk of becoming a victim of crime.

“However, the figures show that sometimes we are called to reports of criminality within educational institutions and some of those allegations are incredibly serious.

“This behaviour will not be tolerated and officers will investigate any such reports thoroughly in partnership with the appropriate agencies.

“Our Children and Young Persons Officers spend a great deal of time in schools independently of investigating reports of crime, conducting regular visits to ensure the wellbeing of the young people in attendance, and often providing educational assemblies and talks to students about crime prevention and safeguarding issues.

“This is in addition to the work completed by our community safety team and the Crucial Crew at Lifewise, who give presentations and host events for young people to raise awareness of key issues.”