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Youth charged with attempted murder of Bradford teacher

12/06/2015

A 14-year-old youth has been charged with attempted murder, the CPS announced today.

The charge arises following an incident on 11 June at Dixons Kings Academy, Bradford, in which a teacher was stabbed.

Martin Goldman, Chief Crown Prosecutor CPS Yorkshire and Humberside said: "The Crown Prosecution Service has been working closely with West Yorkshire Police in connection with this case.

"Having carefully considered all of the evidence presented to us, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and that it is in the public interest to charge a 14-year-old youth with attempted murder.

"Accordingly I have today authorised West Yorkshire Police to charge the youth with this offence and he will first appear at Bradford Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

"This defendant has now been charged with a serious criminal offence and has the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings."

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