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Birchanger: Police question primary school pupil over 'knife incident' in village playground

A primary school pupil in Birchanger has been questioned by police after children at the village playground were threatened with a ‘household implement’, believed to be a knife.

The incident happened on Monday evening (Sept 20), out of school hours, and no pupils were harmed.

A statement released by Birchanger Church of England (VC) Primary School headteacher Claire Berry on Tuesday (Sept 21) said: “The leadership of the school were made aware a pupil had threatened older children with a small household implement.

“The incident took place after school hours and not on school grounds. No pupils were harmed during this incident.

“The police were called and have investigated the incident.

“Appropriate and proportionate internal action has been taken with regard to the pupil.”

While some parents reportedly kept their children home for fear of a weapon being taken into school, the head added: “We assure parents safeguarding procedures are followed at all times and the safety of pupils and staff members remains of utmost concern to us.

“Pupils are regularly reminded about all aspects of their safety and we work to ensure these guidelines are reinforced.”

Cllr Ayub Khan, who represents the village on Uttlesford District Council, described it as an “outrageous” incident.

“It is a criminal offence and unacceptable behaviour and I hope police deal with it quickly and efficiently.”

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