TWO PRIMARY schools were placed in 'lockdown' on Monday after a teenage boy was stabbed near West Park in Darlington. 

Police confirmed a teenage boy had been stabbed on Collingsway, near West Park Hospital, and was taken to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough. 

Parents of pupils at nearby schools, including West Park Academy and Wyvern Academy, shared messages sent to all parents at the school.

The message from West Park Academy read: "We have been notified by the police that there is a serious ongoing incident in West Park.

"We are currently in lockdown and all children are safe. We will not allow any children to leave the school without an adult (not an older sibling) Please pick up as normal with an adult. Top gate is locked."

One parent who contacted The Northern Echo added: "My wife went to pick up my daughter an all afternoon a police helicopter had been circling at about 200 feet very slowly."

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Parents were able to pick up their children after the incident was resolved.