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Plymouth boy accused of stabbing fellow pupil detained under Mental Health Act

By Plymouth Herald  |  Posted: December 10, 2013

By SAM BLACKLEDGE Herald reporter

Plymouth boy accused of stabbing fellow pupil detained under Mental Health Act

A TEENAGER who was arrested for allegedly stabbing a fellow pupil at a Plymouth school has been detained under the Mental Health Act.

The 14-year-old boy was held following the incident at Eggbuckland Community College yesterday morning, which left a 15-year-old with a back injury.

This morning a police spokeswoman said: The 14-year-old boy has been detained under the Mental Health Act and remains in police custody. He has been bailed until March 3, 2014 for the offence but the MHA detention overrides any release on bail."

The alleged victim's injuries are not thought to be life threatening and he has now been discharged from hospital.

Speaking shortly after the incident, Supt Chris Singer said: "We are investigating the circumstances of this incident and would like to reassure people that there is no danger to anyone else.

"The alleged weapon that was used has been seized and the suspect has been arrested."

A statement on the school's website said: "There was an incident today involving two Eggbuckland Community College students, which resulted in injury for one student.

"He was immediately taken to hospital and has since been discharged and is now currently at home with his family.

"Everyone at the college wishes him a speedy recovery.

"The Devon and Cornwall Police are involved in this matter so we are unable to comment further on the nature of the incident.

"All staff were alerted immediately and the College Principal has been in regular contact with the parents of both students concerned.

"In order to reassure as many students as possible, the college has also posted messages to their social media feeds.

"The parents of those students who witnessed the incident have been notified and appropriate professional support and care is being provided for the small number of students affected."