POLICE were called after a nine-year-old boy took a 5in kitchen knife into a primary school.

The youngster was found with the blade at Greenland Community Primary School in South Moor, near Stanley.

Headteacher Mark Stewart said: “We are taking this very seriously.

“We are working closely with the child concerned and their family in conjunction with the local authority and police.

“This was an isolated incident and we would like to reassure families that the school has robust measures in place to ensure the safety of all pupils in our care.”

Officers were called to the school following the incident on March 7.

A Durham Constabulary spokeswoman said: “Police officers attended the school and spoke with the child and his parents.

“They clearly explained to the pupil the dangers and potential consequences of carrying a knife, and that it is a criminal offence to carry one.”