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Extra police patrols at threatened school

The sign pointing to Heathfield Community School, the centre of a scare over a threatened attack Credit: ITV News

There are extra police patrols at a school in Taunton today after a teenager threatened to carry out an attack there.

The 14-year-old was arrested after posting the threats onto Facebook pages of pupils at Heathfield Community School - he's been released on bail.

Police have been reassuring parents and staff.

I think it's really important that I reassure the parents of the children attending that school that we're working really closely with the head teacher, the school, children's services and health to make sure that all the appropriate measures are in place to provide that reassurance and support not only for the local community, the school itself but also the individual boy and their family.




School kids treated to a very special concert as Jamie Cullum is reunited with his old piano

Students at a school in Swindon were treated to a musical masterclass last night.

Having won the old piano of Jamie Cullum in a competition, the Commonweal School was had another boon - as the musician was reunited with his old instrument for one night only.

Click here for a glimpse into a truly special concert:

School evacuated and trains halted due to gas leak

A school had to be evacuated and trains were halted today because of a gas leak Credit: ITV News

1,400 children were evacuated from school for almost two hours today because of a major gas leak which also led to the closure of the Gloucester to Cheltenham railway line.

Sue Turner, head teacher of Chosen Hill secondary school at Churchdown, Glos, said pupils had all behaved 'superbly' in following the evacuation drill when gas was smelt at 9.30am.

The cloud of gas from the leak in a field near the school could be seen rising 30 feet into the air,

Because it was close to the track, Network Rail suspended services between Gloucester and Cheltenham and laid on buses.

Mrs Turner said the school was given the all clear at 11.15am and school had now returned to normal lessons.

The gas company has issued a statement

Our engineers are working as safely and as quickly as they can in a field off Brookfield Lane, Churchdown, to repair a leaking gas pipe.

This is a complex job and due to the nature of the work we are not yet able to say exactly how long this will take. We are working closely with Network Rail so the railway line in the vicinity of the gas leak can be opened as soon as possible. There is no impact on gas supplies.

We apologise for any inconvenience this gas leak causes.

– Wales & West Utilities spokesperson

Girls think they're not clever enough to be scientists

Girls think they're not clever enough to be scientists Credit: ITV News

Almost half of girls in the South West think they're not clever enough to be scientists.

That's according to the energy group EDF.

It's starting a campaign to change perceptions and encourage schoolgirls to consider careers in science.

The #PrettyCurious programe is being backed by wildlife presenter Liz Bonnin.

Both girls and boys enjoy and show great aptitude in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects at school but at some point many girls seem to disengage with them.

There is no area of our lives that isn't affected by science, meaning that there’s a STEM subject and career out there for everyone, whether you're analytical or more creative.

It’s important that we support today's young people, nurturing their curiosity, encouraging them to pursue their passion and find the right fit for them, so that in the future they can embark on fulfilling and exciting careers and help shape the world around them.

– Liz Bonnin, biochemist, wild animal biologist & TV presenter
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