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Boy, 16, arrested on drug supply charge after Hockerill student taken to hospital

Police have arrested a teenager for a suspected drug offence after an incident at Hockerill Anglo European College on Monday (February 10) in which a 16-year-old boy was taken to hospital.

Officers attended the secondary school in Dunmow Road, Bishop’s Stortford, at 9.40am to "assist staff amid concerns for the boy’s welfare".

He was taken to hospital for treatment and has since been released, and is recovering at home.

A second boy, aged 16, was later arrested on suspicion of intent to supply a class B drug. He has been released under investigation while inquiries continue.

There was a heavy police presence at the school on Monday morning, with one witness reportedly seeing 10 vehicles. The ambulance service was called half an hour after police.

In a statement to parents on Tuesday (February 11), Hockerill's acting headteacher, Sarah Pearson, said: "Any indication of substance misuse or associated illegal activity will be investigated thoroughly and rigorously, and, in our response, we will follow our clear policy, which protects the interests of the majority, not the minority."

She added: "Thanks to the actions of staff and police, we were able to deal with the incident swiftly and in a contained manner, ensuring minimum disruption to students and lessons.

"The students referred to... are not currently in college. As always, the safeguarding and protection of the students remains our primary concern.

"The college is very grateful to the emergency services for such a fast and well-coordinated response, and for the continued support provided by Herts police."

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