Second principal issues safety statement

A second general FE college principal in a fortnight has issued a public safety announcement following a safety scare.

Norfolk police are investigating a deliberate chemical spill at College of West Anglia on Friday (November 7) that left 30 students needing treatment and one in hospital.

The incident prompted principal David Pomfret to speak out to ease safety concerns.

“I would like to reassure students and staff that we have already started an internal investigation to support the police and will be leaving no stone unturned to ensure this matter is brought to a speedy conclusion,” he said.

The incident was initially thought to have been caused by a gas leak but police and fire service investigators suggested CS gas, mace or pepper spray was deliberately set off.

The incident came just days after Newcastle College principal Carole Kitching announced police would be patrolling its campus as 18-year-old Liam Lyburd appeared in court accused of planning to detonate a pipe bomb at the college.

Lyburd is due before Newcastle Crown Court on November 20. Meanwhile, a Norfolk Constabulary spokesperson told FE Week that no arrest had been made in connection with the chemical incident.