Two students in hospital after attack on boarding school

Blundell’s School in Tiverton, Devon - Alamy

Blundell’s School in Tiverton, Devon – Alamy

Two students are in hospital after being attacked in the early hours of Friday at a boarding school in Devon.

Police were called at 1am to Blundell School in Tiverton, which charges fees of up to £40,000 a year.

Officers said three people, including two students, were assaulted and suffered multiple serious injuries that required hospital treatment.

A 16-year-old boy from Tiverton has been arrested on suspicion of three counts of intentionally causing grievous bodily harm. Devon and Cornwall Police said the boy remains in custody.

Superintendent Antony Hart, the local police commander, said: ‘This is a very traumatic incident for those involved and the wider school community and we will continue to work closely with the school, providing support to those involved.

“No wider risk”

“At this time it is understood that all parties involved are related to the school. I would like to reassure the community that there is no wider risk and that we are not looking for anyone else. on this subject.

“Throughout the day, we will continue to search and investigate the area surrounding the school as we work through the early stages of our investigation.”

School principal Bart Wielenga has written to parents, ITV reported.

He said: ‘I regret to inform you that there was a serious incident at Petergate overnight. Two boys were seriously injured and are hospitalized for treatment.”

“We are confident that this was an isolated incident and that there is no ongoing threat of concern.

“The incident is being investigated by police and there will be a police presence around Petergate [one of the school’s boarding houses] for some time. The school is working closely with the police as they follow their procedures.

A South Western Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust spokesperson said: ‘We were called at 12.57am on Friday June 9 to an incident in the Tiverton area. We sent three double-crewed land ambulances, an air ambulance, a rapid response vehicle and hazardous area response teams. Three people were transported by land ambulance to hospital.

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