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Knives, meat cleavers & an axe seized from schools

Weapons like knives, meat cleavers - even an axe - have been seized in schools across the region over the last three years. Tonight we can exclusively reveal how police have dealt with dozens of offences involving weapons in schools - with children as young as 13 being arrested.

Hundreds of pupils have also been excluded. It comes after a teacher was stabbed to death at a school in Yorkshire.

Sarah Cooper has been to meet Rhyce Pope, who left the Oasis Academy on the Isle of Sheppey, who's been home-schooled for the last nine months, because he was too scared to go back into the classroom.


Army of weapons seized at Heathrow

A man has been arrested after Border Force officers at Heathrow Airport seized an array of weapons, including stun guns and flick knives.

Officers carrying out customs checks in Terminal 3 on Tuesday 28 January made the discovery in an item of luggage.

Three stun guns, a throwing star, two knuckledusters, an extendable baton, a pair of nun-chucks and two flick knives were recovered.

A 57-year-old man from the Cockett area of Swansea, who had just arrived on a flight from Bangkok in Thailand, was arrested.

He was interviewed by officers from the National Crime Agency’s Border Policing Command and bailed pending further investigation until April.

In the wrong hands these items could be potentially lethal, which is why the controls on bringing them into the UK are so strict. Although items like stun guns and knives are more readily available in some countries we would urge people to think twice before attempting to bring them back into the UK. Border Force officers are on constant alert to stop offensive weapons entering the UK. The penalties for smuggling can be severe and ignorance of the law is not an excuse."

– Marc Owen, Border Force Heathrow Director


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