Stabbings outside of Oaklands College have caused great concern among St Albans residents, and here is everything we know about the incident so far.

Who was stabbed?

Two boys, aged 16 and 17, were taken to hospital with serious suspected stab wounds.

When did the stabbing happen?

Officers were called at 3.40pm on Monday, October 9.

Where did it happen?

Hatfield Road. A disturbance between a group of people outside the shops was reported to have led to the stabbing.

How many officers attended the scene?

Officers from St Albans and armed response officers attended the scene, with support from the National Police Air Service and the ambulance service, including the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance.

Were they Oaklands College students?

Yes. In an update yesterday, Oaklands confirmed that both of the boys were college students.

"They retreated into the safety of our college where they were met by our security and first-aid team, who provided an immediate first-aid response," said a spokesman.

"The individuals were taken into the reception area of the college for treatment and we accompanied them to the hospital with their parents and guardians."

Has anyone been arrested?

No. Herts police are yet to confirm that an arrest has been made, but patrols in and around Oaklands College are continuing.

"Staff are regularly patrolling the campus and we are being supported by Hertfordshire Constabulary who are conducting patrols outside of the college where the incident took place and inside the college for further reassurance," read yesterday's update.

Is Oaklands College still open?

Yes. Oaklands remains open.

"We understand the worry and upset that this has caused among students and their families, and we would like to assure you that we are working closely with the police who are investigating this matter," said a spokesman.
"In the meantime, we take the safety and security of our students and our staff extremely seriously and our priority is always to ensure that the college is a safe place for learning.
"The college remains open and we have increased the security on campus. We are monitoring all traffic in and out of the campus and conducting bag searches as a preventative measure."

Has there been any further incidents?

Yes. A teenager was detained by police after he was spotted with a knife near Oaklands College on Tuesday morning.

Police were called at around 11.17am today following reports of a young male with a knife on North Drive in St Albans.

Officers attended the scene and detained a teenager. A "bladed article" was recovered and nobody was injured.

Herts police confirmed that the incident is being treated as a "mental health incident", with Oaklands College saying it was "unrelated" to Monday's stabbing.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Oaklands College said: "We have responded to an unrelated incident on our St Albans campus and we have been supporting an individual student in distress.

"The emergency services were called and responded quickly and appropriately. Students were asked to remain in their classes until the situation was resolved as a precautionary measure, which it now has been."