'PUBLIC disorder' broke out at an Oxford school after police tried to seize a stolen moped from outside.

A clash involving about 20 students erupted at Meadowbrook College in Marston today, which teaches children and teenagers who have been or are on the verge of being permanently excluded from other schools.

Police were called to the alternative provision academy at about 10.30am this morning, to reports of a moped being parked outside.

A Thames Valley Police spokesman said: "On arrival, it was ascertained that it was a stolen vehicle and so recovery was put in place.

"At this point, a number of students came out of the school and there was some public disorder with around 20 students.

"Further units attended to restore order and the moped was recovered at around 1.20pm.

"No arrests were made and nobody was injured."

Meadowbrook College, which was rated 'good' by Ofsted earlier this year, teaches youngsters aged between five and 16.

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The school has been contacted for comment.

It is located at the Harlow Centre in Raymund Road, off Marston Ferry Road, and is due to get a new building as part of plans to build the Swan School on the same site.

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One resident who lives nearby said he saw 'at least six police cars' blocking the road as officers dealt with the incident today. 

The man, who asked not to be named, said: "A group of students were hanging around causing trouble, I think it was something the staff couldn’t handle and then a lot of police arrived."

He said neighbours have had run-ins with some Meadowbrook students previously, and he was 'mobbed and jostled' a few years ago when he confronted them as they 'smashed up a pole' in the road.

Ofsted's report said the school helps students to 'make positive strides in social, emotional and academic skills'.

Meadowbrook's website states: "We will endeavor to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued."