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A County Durham secondary school student is to be interviewd by police after being found with a knife while at school yesterday.
A police spokesperson said: "The Peterlee student will now be interviewed by officers and dealt with by the youth offending team accordingly.
"Durham Constabulary are supporting Operation Sceptre which is a national operation aimed at tackling knife related incidents.
"We have a week's education planned within schools and community engagement/education around carrying knives, the consequences and crime prevention advice."
Parents and students have been assured that incidents of this nature in our area are extremely rare.
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