E.coli found at school

Lawfield Primary School, 26 Lawfield Road, Mayfield, EH22 5BB. The school has been infected with Ecoli.
Lawfield Primary School, 26 Lawfield Road, Mayfield, EH22 5BB. The school has been infected with Ecoli.

Water flooding into a local primary school playground has been found to contain the potentially deadly E.coli bug.

Pupils returned to Mayfield’s Lawfield Primary School from their October break on Monday.

They were sent home for an extra pair of shoes as part safety measures after the playground was flooded with contaminated water.

The council played down the scare, issuing a statement which said: “We’re following all the correct procedures as advised by NHS and Environmental Health.

“The risk to children and staff is low but we don’t want to take any chances. We’ve put barriers up to cordon off a games area in the school and also grass verges.

“Extra hygiene measures are also in place, such as rigorous hand washing and children have been asked to bring in indoor shoes.”

However, fearing an E.coli outbreak, many parents decided to take their children out of school.

The council then issued a further statement, from cabinet member for education Lisa Beattie, insisting that the contamination was at levels “you would expect to find in overflow water from any rural field”.

But on Tuesday, Cllr Beattie told the Advertiser she couldn’t rule out any risk and confirmed that the water was contaminated with E.coli.

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