Hartlepool school closes after asbestos find

A school in Hartlepool has been closed temporarily after asbestos was found in an internal wall.

Parents have been reassured there was no risk to the children following the discovery at St Peter's Elwick Church of England Primary School.

The material was found encased between wood, plasterboard and tiles during improvement work to the 51-year-old building.

A specialist company is removing it and the school will reopen on Monday.

Pupils have been told to stay at home until after Monday.

Head teacher Steve McDonnell said: "It is important to stress that no children were in school from the time the material was discovered, and we want to reassure parents that no children were exposed to the asbestos at any time.

"I would also like to apologise for any inconvenience that the closure might cause to parents, but pupil safety is and always will be our paramount concern."

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