Lancashire 'terrorist house' row 'not a spelling mistake'


Officials have denied claims a spelling error led to a 10-year-old Muslim boy, who wrote he lived in a "terrorist house", being spoken to by police.

The family of the pupil, who attends a Lancashire primary school, claim he meant he lived in a "terraced house".

The boy was spoken to by Lancashire Police at his home the next day.

In a statement, police and the county council said it was "untrue to suggest that this situation was brought about by a simple spelling mistake".

"The school and the police have acted responsibly and proportionately in looking into a number of potential concerns using a low-key, local approach," it said.

"No concerns were identified and no further action was required by any agency."

Teachers have been legally obliged to report any suspected extremist behaviour to police since July.

The boy's family said they were left shocked by the 7 December incident and want both the school and police to apologise.