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Headteacher's concern after "very unwell" students taken to hospital

Six students were taken to hospital. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The headteacher of a school in Luton where six students became "very unwell" has said they are "not certain" of the cause of their symptoms.

Six students at Lealands High School were taken to Luton and Dunstable Hospital this morning.

John Burridge, Headteacher, Lealands High School, said: “Before arriving at school six students from different year groups appear to have become very unwell.

"We first became aware of this when one of these students attended the medical room on arrival at school. We immediately contacted the ambulance service and then it emerged that other students were suffering similar symptoms.

"The pupils were taken to the Luton and Dunstable Hospital for further assessment and care.

“At this stage we are not certain of the cause of their symptoms. We have advised all pupils about the incident and have offered support if they have any concerns, however we are not aware that any other students are affected.

“Our absolute primary concern at this stage is the welfare and wellbeing of the students who are now in the hands of medical professionals.”

Six 'unwell' Luton schoolchildren taken to hospital

Six schoolchildren in Luton have been taken to hospital after becoming unwell at the start of school.

Three ambulances were called to Lealands High School in Sundon Park Road in Luton and took the children to the Luton and Dunstable hospital.

The alarm was raised after one student said he was unwell.

A spokesperson for the East of England Ambulance service said they were called to the 11 to 16 year old school at 8.34 this morning.

She said: "Six children have been taken to the Luton and Dunstable hospital in three ambulances. At this stage we don't know what caused them to become ill."

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Dramatic pictures of Luton bus fire

A bus was badly damaged after catching fire on Marsh Road in Luton this morning. It started in the engine and took firefighters nearly half an hour to deal with. Thankfully no-one was injured in the incident. The cause is now being investigated.

ITV News Anglia viewer Geoffrey Greenfield filmed some of the incident.

See his pictures below

Police keen to find 'good samaritan'

Police are trying to trace a 'good samaritan' who helped a woman after she was mugged in Luton.

Location of mugging in Luton Credit: ITV News, Anglia

The victim had been pushed to the floor and robbed of her mobile phone while walking along a subway under Telford Way at about 8am on Sunday 15 February.

“We are keen to speak to the man who helped the victim after the robbery as we believe he may have seen the offender. I would urge him to come forward to help us identify the man responsible."

– Detective Constable Cathie Layton

Anyone with any information should call DC Layton on 101, text 07786 200 011 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

Man wanted in connection with 2001 murder of Luton teenager Marcus Hall arrested in Nigeria

Marcus Hall. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A man wanted in connection with the murder of a Luton man 14 years ago has been arrested in Nigeria.

Adebayo Ekun, who's 38, has been arrested in connection with the murder of Marcus Hall.

The 18-year-old was beaten and stabbed to death in March 2001.

Seven men were jailed for their part in the killing in 2003.

Bedfordshire police are currently arranging Ekun's extradition.

Luton school criticised for limiting girls to "knitting and sewing"

The Rabia School has been rated inadequate by Ofsted. Credit: ITV News Anglia

An Islamic school in Luton is "undermining British values" in the treatment of girls - according to Ofsted.

The Rabia School has been rated inadequate by the education watchdog.

Inspectors say boys and girls are not treated equally and they also believe that older girls don't have the same opportunities to study Science in a practical way, because they don't have the same access to laboratory facilities that the boys have.

While the boys visit a local sports centre with a chance to learn how to swim - the report says opportunities for girls to develop a range of skills in Physical Education are limited, because of the available outside space on their site.

Furthermore, the newly introduced Design and Technology curriculum is said to "limit girls to activities related to knitting and sewing."

However, the school says that there were also positive comments in the report.

"The Board of Governors take heart from the many positive comments that were included in the inspection report and we feel that with the hard work and dedication of everyone involved with the school; we have the potential and aim to be an "outstanding" school.

Our immediate focus is on making the improvements needed to raise standards.

The inspection has given us some very clear areas to work on and we are fully focused on continuing to work on these issues as quickly and effectively as possible; and at the same time continuing to improve standards we have already met.

All the standards not met were at the final stages of completion and had very little left to implement. We have already put an action plan in place to ensure this happens quickly and we meet all the standards."

– The Rabia School
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