Sudbury: Middle school evacuated in chemical spill drama

FIREFIGHTERS have evacuated staff and pupils from a middle school in west Suffolk to investigate a chemical spill.

A SCHOOL has been forced to close today after a chemical spill in one of the science rooms.

More than 500 pupils and staff at Uplands Middle School were evacuated this morning just before 9am when staff detected the smell of chemicals in one part of the school.

Suffolk Fire Service sent crews from Sudbury, Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill to the York Road school.

By the time firefighters arrived all pupils had been sent to the Upper School to ensure they were not at any risk.

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Pat Dacy, Suffolk Fire’s group manager, said a chemical spill within a school meant they had to take every precaution.

Firefighters using full chemical uniforms located a “small spill” in one of the science labs before removing it from the school.

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Headteacher Helen Shield said the school would remain closed for the rest of the day.

See tomorrow’s East Anglian Daily Times for the full story.

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