Essex

Bomb squad called to Bowers Gifford school

St Margaret's Church of England school in Bowers Gifford
Image caption St Margaret's Church of England School in Bowers Gifford was evacuated

A primary school in Essex was evacuated after a pupil brought an artillery shell to a class show-and-tell.

Police were called to St Margaret's Church of England School in Bowers Gifford, near Basildon, on Wednesday and found the shell had been taken to a sports field.

The field was immediately cordoned off and an Army bomb disposal team was called in, a police spokesperson said.

An inspection found the shell was not dangerous.

Parents were contacted after the alert to collect their children from the 250-pupil school.

All the pupils had been gathered in an outbuilding on the other side of the school away from the field where the shell had been taken.

A spokesperson for the school said later: "We take the safety and well-being of all students extremely seriously.

"Upon learning that a bomb shell had been brought into school we took the precaution of calling police community support officers and then followed their expert advice."

It is believed a year five student had taken the shell into class.

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