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10th Jun 2023

Boy, 16, charged with two counts of attempted murder over incident at Blundell’s School

Steve Hopkins

One boy remains in a critical condition in hospital

A 16-year-old boy is due in court Monday after being charged with two counts of attempted murder over an incident at a boarding school in Devon.

The teen was charged Saturday over the assault at Blundell’s School near Tiverton on Friday.

Police said the accused has also been charged with causing grievous bodily harm.

He is due to appear before magistrates in Exeter on Monday.

Due to his age, the boy cannot be named.

One of the injured boys remains in critical condition, police said.

The other remains in a stable, but serious, condition.

Devon and Cornwall Police said the boy’s “families are with them and are being supported by officers”.

One man, a member of staff at the school, also sustained injuries and was discharged from hospital on Friday, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

Commander Superintendent Toby Davies said in a press statement, Saturday: “Our thoughts remain with the injured boys and their families in what must be a harrowing time for them.

“My officers are continuing to support them and the wider school community.

“We continue to fully investigate this incident and a scene guard remains in place at the school and is expected to remain there for the rest of the day.

“In the meantime, we need to remind the public of the law surrounding this matter.

“Any suspect under the age of 18 is, by law, not allowed to be identified.

“These rules are not solely for media organisations to adhere to; they also apply to members of the public and includes information posted via social media. This may be seen as interfering with a live investigation and an active criminal trial, and therefore could see those who do not adhere found in contempt of court.

“We, therefore, remind the public that it is vital that they do not speculate on the identity of either the victims or the suspect in this case.”

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