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Important Announcement

Dear Parents and Carers,

Message from North Devon Police

Firstly thank you for all your support in ensuring that we have made a purposeful return to school this year. Students have returned to school smartly dressed, well equipped and most important of all very positive. We know that parents supporting children to come back to school properly equipped and ready to learn is a vital part of a successful start to the year. It has been a pleasure dropping into lessons this week.

We have just received the following message from North Devon Police which I would like to share with you in its entirety:

North Devon Police have received information that children from schools from the local area have arranged to meet at Barnstaple Carnival & Fair with a view to fighting with each other. Intelligence officers have been made aware that knives and other weapons will be taken to the event. North Devon Police will have zero tolerance for violence and weapons at this event. The Police have the ability to stop, detain and search any person reasonably suspected to be carrying weapons and the ability to disperse large groups causing issues. It is an arrestable offence to carry knives or other weapons and to ignore any direction to leave. Any offenders will be dealt with robustly and will have the full weight of the law levied against them.”

If you are going to the carnival or fair, by all means go have a great time, and enjoy yourselves. Do not do anything that will have an effect on the rest of your lives or someone else’s.”

We have received no information from any of our students, who are very good at sharing information when there is a known risk, that any of our students are directly involved in this issue. We would urge all parent and carers, as always, however to be very clear on where their children are at any given time. If you do receive any information please do call the school, and the police. We would suggest that if children are intending to go to the fair that parents and carers are with them or close at hand at all times.

Mrs. S. Marshall

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