Leicester

Loughborough knife threat mother pleads guilty

Claire Pladgeman
Image caption Claire Pladgeman took a knife to De Lisle Catholic Science College after her son was expelled

A woman has admitted assaulting a police officer and possessing a bladed weapon at a school in Leicestershire.

Claire Pladgeman, 45, threatened staff at De Lisle Catholic Science College, Loughborough, on the phone after her son was expelled in November.

She was arrested at the school after a large kitchen knife was found in her car, magistrates in the town heard.

She had insisted on speaking to the head teacher and, when told that he was busy, Pladgeman said she had a knife.

School staff contacted Leicestershire Police who found her in her car, on the school grounds, with a knife in the glove compartment on 29 November.

Pladgeman will be sentenced next month at Loughborough Magistrates Court.

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