POLICE have attempted to reassure people after it emerged on social media that there could be a 'significant threat of violence' at a North East fair.

A letter circulated on social media which has been confirmed was sent by Conyers School in Yarm said they had 'received information suggesting threat of serious violence' at Yarm Fair.

Yarm Fair, which dates back to the 13th Century, will return this week.

The letter sent to parents of students at Conyers School said: "Cleveland Police has asked us to make all parents aware of the following information: They have received information suggesting threat of serious violence which will be carried out at Yarm Fair.

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"Some of these threats mention the use of weapons, in what has been termed 'gang wars'. Cleveland Police have confirmed there will be an increased police presence, alongside council enforcement officers."

However, when approached by the Northern Echo, Cleveland Police, said: "Police have been made aware of a message circulating regarding Yarm Fair, claiming to be on behalf of Cleveland Police. The wording of the message was not provided by the Force.

"We would not want anyone to be unduly worried about any violence and, as in previous years, officers will be present at the fair and are working closely with Stockton Borough Council Community Safety Team to ensure that the event remains safe and enjoyable for members of the public."

Conyers School was approached for a response.

Darlington and Stockton Times: Yarm Fair in 2018. Picture: SIMON MCCABEYarm Fair in 2018. Picture: SIMON MCCABE

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