This is the dramatic moment a 13-year-old boy is arrested by armed officers on suspicion of a double school stabbing – clutching a bag of LEGO.
The youngster, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested following an attack at The Chase Technology College in Malvern, Worcs., on Monday morning.
Police launched a major manhunt – which included the force helicopter, sniffer dogs and officers armed with stun guns – after the stabbing which happened at 8.45am.
Officers arrested the boy over eight hours later at 4.55pm after members of the public spotted him getting on a train from Hereford to Malvern.
A student told of the terrifying moment he realised the 13-year-old fugitive was standing in his carriageway.
Iosac Nelson tweeted a picture of the teenager asking any of his followers if they could confirm it was the wanted lad.
He then took a series of snaps showing the schoolboy being led away by police officers at Ledbury Railway Station.
In the images, the teen can be seen standing in the middle of the carriageway wearing blue jeans and black trainers with a navy jacket over a white shirt.
Bizarrely, he has holding a carrier bag containing a box of Lego in his right hand and a train ticket in his other hand.
Student Iosac, 16, was travelling back from Hereford Sixth Form College to Malvern Link when a friend sitting a few seats behind him sent him a Facebook message confirming it
was the boy.
He said: “I got on the train and he was just stood there.
“I wouldn’t have noticed him if my friend hadn’t messaged me.
“He had a box of Lego in a bag like he had just bought it. I didn’t know what to do.
“There were officers searching up and down the train and they got him.
“They said his name and he replied and they took him away.
“There was no massive scene or crowds, it was all very calm.”
The boy appeared at Redditch Magistrates Court charged with 13 offences including one count of causing grievous bodily harm, one count of causing actual bodily
harm and one count of threatening a person with a knife.
He was also charged with five counts of carrying a knife or bladed instrument in a public place and five counts of carrying a knife or bladed instrument in an educational establishment.
The boy, who was accompanied in court with his mother, wore grey jogging bottoms and a grey top and stared at the floor throughout the 30-minute hearing.
Magistrates remanded him into custody until his appearance at Worcester Youth Court yesterday (Wed) for a preliminary hearing.
A male teacher – named only as Mr Westwood – and the 13-year-old female student received minor injuries and were back at school on Tuesday.
The headteacher at The Chase Technology College has now said the school would be carrying out a debrief to review the process they carried out after the stabbing.
Richard Jacobs said: “It was a very distressing day for everyone at the school.
“Our thoughts and prayers have been with everyone who was directly involved in the incident and we are relieved that they are able to join us as we return to normal school life.
“Staff were very professional throughout the day and supported students well.
“Students showed their usual high level of maturity and remained calm at all times.”
Superintendent Mark Travis, of West Mercia Police, added: “I think the school did an excellent job in the way it reacted in a very professional way considering what was a confused and stressful situation.
“They did the best they could to give information but it clearly takes time. I think parents and pupils conducted themselves with real control.”