Ex-pupils pack gallery for 'murder bid' teacher

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A science teacher has appeared in court charged with the attempted murder of one of his students. Peter Harvey is accused of attacking 14-year-old Jack Waterhouse at All Saints' Roman Catholic School in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, earlier this month.

The 49-year-old teacher appeared at Nottingham Crown Court for a 10-minute hearing yesterday, during which he did not enter a plea. Mr Harvey, of Mansfield, remains in custody after his barrister declined to make an application for bail. He is due to appear at Nottingham Crown Court during the last week in September for a plea hearing. The public gallery at court was packed with former pupils of the teacher, who had turned up to support him. Paramedics found Jack unconscious in a pool of blood at the entrance to a classroom in the school's science block on 8 July. He has been discharged from the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham, where he was treated for a bleed on the brain and a fractured skull.