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Boy held after school knife attack

A teenage schoolboy who disappeared after a fellow pupil and a teacher were attacked with a knife, has been arrested, police said.

The 13-year-old was found "safe" this afternoon and arrested on suspicion of wounding and carrying a bladed weapon, West Mercia Police said.

Detectives launched a search for the boy after the attack at The Chase Technology College in Malvern, Worcestershire, shortly before 9am today.

The male teacher and a 13-year-old female student were treated for minor injuries after they were attacked with a "bladed instrument", police said.

In a statement, Superintendent Mark Travis said: "I am very pleased to announce that earlier today, just recently, a young male we had been searching for involved with an incident at the Chase School has been found.

"He is safe and well. He has currently been arrested and has been taken to Worcester police station where we are going to be working with his family over the coming hours to provide the appropriate support and also working with the school to make sure that the school can be open tomorrow for business as usual."

The incident occurred at around 8.45am, after which the suspect fled the scene.

Police have not disclosed where they boy was found.

Officers were quickly on the scene and the school said that all other staff and pupils were safe. Lessons began again a few hours after the incident as police had the situation "under control", the school said.

The school's head teacher, Richard Jacobs, said: "I can confirm that there was an incident this morning at school. At 8.45 am, one of our teachers and a 13-year-old female pupil both received minor injuries following an attack with a bladed instrument.

"The injuries did not require medical treatment and the assailant left the premises immediately after the incident.

"Plans were immediately implemented to ensure that all students and staff were safe. The police attended the school promptly and have assisted the school throughout the course of the day, enabling our lessons to return to normal by mid-morning.

"I would like to praise our students and staff for remaining calm and continuing with their education throughout today. The school will be open tomorrow and will continue to operate normally. Support is available at the school to support anybody that has been affected by today's earlier incident."

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