A 10-year-old primary school pupil has been reprimanded after taking a knife and hammer into school in Cadishead.
On Thursday 25 June police received a call about a 10-year-old child carrying a knife in school.
Officers located and searched the child but found no weapon.
The next day, Friday 26 June, a second 10-year-old was found at the school with a knife and hammer, claiming that there was a planned fight after school and “they were for his protection”.
“Due to the potential fight a Section 60 dispersal order was authorised for the Cadishead area and any groups of youths were dispersed,” said local police.
Under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 police can stop and search anyone within a particular area if they have reason to believe dangerous instruments or offensive weapons are being carried.
Under section 30 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 police can also disperse groups of more than two people under threat of arrest if they have reasonable grounds for believing members of the public have been intimidated, harassed, alarmed or distressed in public places in a specific area.
The head teacher of the school in question confirmed police were called to deal with the matter.
“A child brought inappropriate items to school. Staff and the police dealt quickly with the matter and it is now business as usual at the school,” he said.
The child is being dealt with by police for the offence of possession of weapons.