Berkshire

Boy arrested over Southcote Primary School chemical dump

A boy has been arrested after a school in Reading was evacuated when chemicals were dumped into its swimming pool.

Police said a minor was arrested on suspicion of causing damage to property and was bailed until 26 July.

Emergency services were called to Southcote Primary School after three teachers and six pupils reported feeling unwell.

It is believed chemicals were thrown into the pool during a break-in on Sunday night.

Officers from Thames Valley Police attended the school in Silchester Road, along with Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service and South Central Ambulance Service.

The nine people who were affected did not require hospital treatment.

Police are appealing for information about any suspicious activity around the school on Sunday night.

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