A Huddersfield school has revealed why it has appeared in statistics about weapons seized in schools.

We revealed yesterday how almost 70 weapons were seized from pupils as young as seven at West Yorkshire Schools over the last three years.

Newsome Junior School was one of those on the list and has now given more information as to why it appeared in the figures.

A Kirklees Council spokesman said: “The incident is not actually connected with any pupils of Newsome Juniors. The incident happened one evening – well outside of school time – when some staff members were still working and noticed a group of young men in the school grounds.

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“One of the men had a knife so, following the protocols for schools around duty of care, the staff reported this to the police. Obviously this has been recorded by the police as a ‘weapon seized at school’ incident when the reality is very different from something like a pupil bringing in the knife during school time.”