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Police charge boy, 15 with killing Leeds teacher Ann Maguire

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A 15-year-old boy has been charged with murdering school teacher Ann Maguire.

In a statement issued on Wednesday evening, the Crown Prosecution Service said he would appear at court in Leeds on Thursday morning.

Peter Mann, head of the CPS Yorkshire and Humberside Complex Casework Unit, said: “The Crown Prosecution Service has been working closely with West Yorkshire Police in connection with the death of Ann Maguire at Corpus Christi Catholic College, Leeds, on Monday.

“A 15-year-old male was arrested in connection with this incident and has been interviewed under caution by police.

“Having carefully considered all of the evidence presented to us by West Yorkshire Police, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence to charge this youth with the murder of Ann Maguire and that it is in the public interest to do so.

“The defendant will first appear at Leeds Youth Court on Thursday and at Leeds Crown Court for a bail hearing on Friday.

“The family of Mrs Maguire have been informed of this decision and they will be offered a meeting to explain the trial process and answer any questions they may have.”

Mr Mann also issued an appeal over publicity surrounding the case.

He said: “The death of Mrs Maguire has attracted a very considerable amount of public interest and media activity. This defendant now stands charged with an extremely serious criminal offence and has the right to a fair trial.

“It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”

Spanish teacher Ann Maguire, 61, was months away from retiring, after working at the school in Halton Moor for more than 40 years, when she was attacked in a classroom on Monday morning.

Scores of the children arriving for school this morning stopped to read hundreds of messages pinned to a mass of floral tributes outside the school gates.

Some laid fresh bunches and many others started to write their tributes directly on to the school fence with marker pens.

It has emerged that Mrs Maguire, who was described as a “wonderful, dedicated teacher” by the school’s chairman of governors, raised her two nephews following the death of her sister, who was a single mother.

Mrs Maguire, who is understood to have two grown-up daughters of her own, brought up Andrew and Daniel from a young age after their mother Eileen Poole died from cancer.

Her former brother-in-law Mike Thomas told The Sun: “Ann took on the two sons and brought them to live with her. She brought them up till they were about 18.

“She had two daughters so her family doubled overnight. It must have been hard work for her with four kids, but she didn’t bat an eyelid.”

Mrs Maguire’s death is thought to be the first time a teacher has been stabbed to death in a British classroom, and the first killing of a teacher in a school since the 1996 Dunblane massacre.

The killing of a teacher as she taught her normal Spanish class has prompted calls to look again at security in British schools.

Corpus Christi headteacher Steve Mort said his view was that scanning arches were not necessary and people had to remember this was an “isolated” and “unprecedented” incident.

“And I think ultimately Ann Maguire herself, if she was asked that question, would strongly oppose any suggestion that we should have metal detectors in this school,” he said.

Mrs Maguire went to Corpus Christi as a student teacher and, last year, the school held a celebration of her 40 years at the school.

This year, she moved to working four days a week ahead of her planned retirement in five months’ time.

Mr Mort said he last spoke to Mrs Maguire on Monday morning after a staff briefing when she was her usual “bubbly” self.

“She was enjoying the latter end of her career although I know, to Ann, that her service to Corpus Christi was not a career,” the headteacher said. “She considered it to be a vocation.”

Around 750 of the 1,000 pupils turned up for lessons yesterday. All have been offered a range of support and Mr Mort said the 30 children who were closest to the incident have been intensively supported.

Police have confirmed that Mrs Maguire died from multiple stab wounds.

Mrs Maguire, who was head of Year 11 at the school for more than 10 years, lived in the Moortown area of Leeds with her husband Donald, who is believed to be a retired maths teacher.

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