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Police were called to a primary school in Northumberland yesterday after two pupils were found with cannabis in the playground.
Staff at Bedlington Station Primary called in the police and officers took possesion of the Class B drug. They then spoke to the Year 4 pupils - both aged around 8.
The police say no further action will be taken. The school's head says parents should be assured that they have robust policies for incidents like this.
Head teacher, Carl Sutherland, said:
On Monday afternoon, a member of our staff became aware of two pupils with a suspicious substance in the playground, which they confiscated.
We immediately called the police who came in and took possession of the substance, and there was a very frank conversation with the pupils and their parents to try and establish what happened. No attempt was made to consume any substances on school grounds.
We would like to reassure parents that we have robust policies in place for incidents such as this, and these were followed to the letter by our staff. The safety and well-being of pupils is our number one priority and we will be running additional information sessions on keeping children safe to make sure everybody gets the message.
I would be happy to explain what happened in person, if parents feel the need for further reassurance.”
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Between 5.50pm and 11.30pm on Sunday (November 2), medication was stolen during a break-in to a house at Flaunden Close in South Shields.
Stolen items include:
- MIRTAZAPINE - two packs containing 28 30mg tablets
- PHENERGAN - 10mg tablets, quantity unknown
- ALLOPURINOL - 28 300mg tablets
- VASCALPAH - 28 10mg tablets
- LISINOPRIL - 20mg, quantity unknown
- CLOPIDOGREL ZENHIRA - 75mg
In particular, MIRTAZAPINE and PHENERGAN can be dangerous if taken by those it is not prescribed for.
Police are reminding people not to take any medication which is not prescribed for them and if they find any of the stolen drugs they should alert police straight away.
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