Pupil 'seriously injured' at Reading's Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School

Police officer outside Blessed Hugh Faringdon School
Image caption A police cordon is in place around the playground at Reading's Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School

A 12-year-old boy has been airlifted to hospital after he was seriously injured and collapsed in a school playground in Reading, police have said.

Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School confirmed there was a "medical emergency" at about 13:00 BST.

Police said detectives were investigating as it was believed the victim was assaulted.

An 11-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm (GBH) and is currently in custody.

The victim is in a stable condition in hospital, police said.

Det Insp Nick Watts appealed for any witnesses or anyone with mobile phone footage of the incident to come forward.

"I would like to reassure the community, particularly the young people who may have witnessed this incident or have been affected by it, that we take incidents of this nature seriously and are in the early stages of conducting a thorough investigation and they will be offered support," he added.

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