Two pupils held over knife attack at top school

Two boys at a prestigious boarding school have been arrested over a knife attack on another pupil, police said.

A 17-year-old suffered a minor cut to his arm from a craft knife after a fight broke out in one of the boarding houses at Stowe School in Buckinghamshire.

A Thames Valley Police spokesman said officers were called to the school at 12.51am yesterday .

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The injured boy was treated at Milton Keynes General Hospital before being released.

A 17-year-old and a 16-year-old, both pupils at the school, were arrested and later bailed by police on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

A spokeswoman for Stowe School, which has boarding fees of just under 30,000 a year, said a number of items were removed from the school by officers including a craft knife.

She said there were no previous incidences of pupils possessing knifes.

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The other boys in the boarding house have been told of the incident and were being reassured by staff yesterday.

Headmaster Dr Anthony Wallersteiner said in a statement: "Aggressive behaviour will never be tolerated here.

"All our pupils are aware that Stowe does not condone violence and adopts a policy of zero tolerance in any unacceptable use of a knife."

In March it emerged that a kitchen porter at the school was arrested on suspicion of lacing a soup with poison.

The porter was released on bail while forensic investigations took place. Police said there was no apparent motive for the alleged act.