Tuesday 16 January 2018

School cleared over artillery shell

Army bomb disposal teams were called to a primary school in Essex after a pupil took an artillery shell to show and tell
Army bomb disposal teams were called to a primary school in Essex after a pupil took an artillery shell to show and tell

A primary school was evacuated after a pupil took an artillery shell to show and tell.

It is believed a year five student at St Margaret's Church of England primary school in the village of Bowers Gifford, Essex, took the 20cm (8-inch) artillery shell into class on Wednesday.

An email was sent to parents asking them to collect their children after the alert at about 1.30pm.

The device was taken to a nearby field while 250 pupils gathered at a safe distance. Army bomb disposal teams were called and decided the device posed no danger.

A spokesman for St Margaret's Church of England School said: "We take the safety and wellbeing of all students extremely seriously. We took the precaution of calling police community support officers and then followed their expert advice."

Press Association

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