Five people including two girls aged 10 and 11 have been arrested for attacked a black schoolgirl outside a Surrey school on Monday.
The video footage which has gone viral on social media and across WhatsApp shows the girl repeatedly kicked and punched in the head, while her hair is being pulled and an adult is heard shouting to 'kick her in the face'.
Surrey Police said in a statement today, that a 39-year-old woman, 16-year-old girl, 11-year-old girl, a 10-year-old girl, and a 43-year-old man have been arrested in connection with the attack.
"We are also looking to arrest a sixth suspect, a 15-year-old girl. She knows she is wanted in connection with this incident, and we encourage her to hand herself in to her nearest police station."
The statement continued - "We are aware that this incident will have caused concern among students, parents, and staff at Thomas Knyvett College, as well as the wider community. We would like to reassure you that an investigation is underway, five arrests have been made in connection with this incident, and we are working closely with Thomas Knyvett College as we investigate this matter.
"We are also aware that several videos of this distressing incident are circulating on social media. We ask that you do not share any videos or images of this incident, but to submit them via the link below so they can be considered as evidence in this investigation.
Inspector Maxine Cilia, Borough Commander for Spelthorne, said, “I was shocked to see some of the video footage of this fight and the level of violence from young people outside one of our local schools.
“Every school child should feel safe in the local community and not the target of any kind of violence as they leave school premises. Surrey Police are now investigating this incident and gathering further evidence with the full co-operation of the school.
“There will be extra patrols in this local area for reassurance and to enable local people to speak with officers."
Thomas Knyvett College Principal Richard Beeson sent a letter to parents following the incident.
It stated “You may be aware that one of our students was injured in a violent altercation outside of school yesterday as they were making their way home.
“We would like to reassure you that the police were called and are currently investigating. We are supporting the police as they investigate this matter.
“We are aware that this incident will have caused concern among students and parents/carers. We can reassure you that we are taking all necessary steps to ensure this isolated incident is dealt with and that student safety is our paramount concern.”