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Two rushed to hospital after violent mass brawl between 'up to 100 schoolchildren'

Two rushed to hospital after violent mass brawl between 'up to 100 schoolchildren'

Two people have been taken to hospital after a mass brawl broke out between up to 100 schoolchildren.

The Metropolitan Police said officers were called to "a large fight" between youngsters in Northumberland Heath in Bexley, south-east London, at around 5.40pm on Monday.

Reports on social media suggested around 100 youths were involved, some wearing school uniform, near the Duchess of Kent pub.

Jeanne Asquith wrote on Facebook: "Never seen anything like it and I've lived here eight years ... I just just hope the schools deal with those involved. Most were wearing school uniform!"

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Officers from the borough and the Met's Territorial Support Group were called to the scene.

"Two individuals suffered non-life threatening injuries.

"They were taken to a south London hospital by London Ambulance Service to be treated for their injuries.

"Officers are still in the area to provide reassurance. Around six individuals were arrested and are in custody at south London police stations."

A Brook Street resident, who did not want to be named, said she was "shocked" to see children in school uniform involved in the fracas.

"This is the first time for a long, long while that we've had gang-related problems round here," she added.

"They were all youngsters, a lot of them were in school uniform - that was the shock, seeing them in the uniforms.

"They're still youngsters - it's quite a shock when they're all en masse like that, I didn't want to go outside."

She said the police were on the scene quickly and the group started shouting abuse at the officers.

"We don't know what it was over or why it even began - it's crazy," she added.