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14-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after teacher stabbed

Attack: Police at the scene with a sniffer dog
Attack: Police at the scene with a sniffer dog

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following a stabbing at a school in Bradford, Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson, of West Yorkshire Police said.

The 14-year-old boy allegedly attacked the male teacher with a knife smuggled into school.

Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson, of West Yorkshire Police said: "We have just arrested a 14-year-old male in connection with this offence and he is currently in custody on suspicion of attempted murder."

A 50-year-old teacher at Dixons Kings Academy was taken with stab wounds to the chest to hospital, where he remains and is said to be in a stable condition.

Teachers earlier appealed for the schoolboy to hand himself in to police.

Speaking outside the school gates, the academy's executive principal Nick Weller, said: "It happened right at the beginning of the school day and there were some students who witnessed it. A few students witnessed it - in a classroom.

"Those students have been interviewed by the police.

"Obviously, it's a very shocking thing for them to see. The general atmosphere in the school is very calm, quite orderly, we're trying to keep to normal routines as much as possible."

Mr Weller said there was nothing in school that suggested the attack was going to be launched.

He said: ''I think there was some....the police are looking into the lead up to this incident, there was nothing in school that led up to it - there may have been other people outside the school who maybe knew something.''

Mr Weller said a member of staff is at the hospital with the teacher while counsellors are on site supporting pupils.

He confirmed the suspect is a pupil at the school and has been there a year.