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Police have revealed that 53 pupils were caught in possession of drugs at schools in Leicestershire over the last four years.

Nine pupils - two as young as 13 - were caught in possession of drugs with the intent to supply them at schools in the county. The statistics, revealed by the police under the Freedom of Information Act, also show there was one case of a 19-year-old mother of a pupil being caught in possession of cannabis at a primary school. A 10-year-old pupil was caught in possession of cannabis at her school and a 14-year-old girl was found with amphetamine on her at her secondary school. The statistics, which cover the period from 2011 until early this year, were released after the Press Association asked for the information from 34 police forces throughout England and Wales. Leicestershire police did not specify if the schools involved were under the control of Leicester City Council or Leicestershire County Council.

A spokesman for the city council said: "All city schools deliver drug education as part of the core curriculum. This involves teaching young people about being safe in regards to drugs. Our first priority is pupil safety and we aim to ensure that drug awareness training is available to all school staff. Any pupil found in possession of drugs, or other prohibited items, in school will be dealt with by the headteacher in the first instance. The police will then be informed as appropriate."

A spokesman for Leicestershire County Council said: "We cannot comment as we do not know the location of the schools involved in the incidents. "The figures show that nationally hundreds of school children, among them an eight-year-old, have been caught with drugs on school premises."

There were more than 2,000 incidents and class A drugs such as heroin and crack cocaine were among the illegal substances seized. The data reveals cannabis was involved in 625 of the cases and cocaine in 27. Other drugs confiscated included LSD, amphetamines and ecstasy.

Details from Leicester Mercury



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