Boy killed in Hainault sword stabbing 'went to same school' as teen killed in Nottingham attacks

The 14-year-old boy who was stabbed to death in Hainault was a pupil at the same school as tragic teen Grace O'Malley-Kumar, killed in the Nottingham knife attacks, according to reports.

Grace sadly lost her life in the horror stabbing incident in Nottingham last June and was a former student at Bancroft's School. The private school located in Woodford Green, northeast London, caters to around 1,000 pupils aged between seven and 18.

A spokesperson for the school told the Mirror they plan to release a tribute today to a recently deceased boy. While they declined to confirm if this was the boy killed in Hainault on Tuesday, it is locally understood he attended the school.

In light of the recent tragedy, the school's flag is flying at half mast today. The parents of Ms O'Malley-Kumar have reportedly offered their support to the family of the schoolboy this morning, reports .

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley revealed one of the officers injured in the Hainault attack nearly lost her hand while apprehending the suspect on Tuesday morning. Four other individuals were also injured in the incident, including another police officer.

Police say they do not believe it was a targeted attack or related to terrorism. They are working diligently to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the incident. The call initially came in at 7am, with available footage showing police apprehension of an individual who was tasered.

Bancroft's School is situated about five miles west of Hainault; it is there the youngster started his journey to school just before the horrific event occurred. Following the untimely death of Ms O'Malley-Kumar last year, her school remembered her as an "outstanding" young woman.

The school shared: "It is with great sadness that we announce the death in Nottingham, under tragic circumstances, of one of our recent leavers from 2022, Grace O' Malley Kumar.

"We are desperately shocked and saddened by Grace's sudden death in these truly terrible circumstances. She left Bancroft's only last year and was a hugely important part of our community. An immensely gifted and dedicated scholar and sportswoman, she was hugely loved and greatly respected and admired by all."

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The emotional tribute continued: "She was outstanding in every respect and will be missed terribly."It will take everyone in the Bancroft's community a considerable time to come to terms with this shocking news, but above all our thoughts are with Grace's family and friends at this difficult time."

Present at the scene of the tragedy on Tuesday, Assistant Commissioner Louisa Rolfe said: "As a matter of urgency we are trying to understand exactly what happened and why. This was, and is, a fast-moving, complex incident and investigation, and it will take us some time to establish the facts. This will be our priority in the coming days."

"With the suspect in custody we are satisfied there is no threat to the wider community, but this is an incident which has clearly shocked everyone, and over the coming days you will see a significant police presence in this area and we will be remaining here increasing our patrols and ensuring the community are safe and supported. Please speak to our officers."

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