Plans to install school fencing around a school in Bridgwater have been approved by the local authority.

The planning application to install the two-metre high railings around St Joseph's Primary School included supporting information that said a child had escaped the current fencing at the site and intruders had been spotted, This is The West Country reports.

Sedgemoor District Council has agreed to plans to replace the existing fence at the school's north and west boundaries with metal railings despite one councillor, David Baker, saying the fence would create a "prison effect", the news provider said.

However, councillors have said the scheme can go ahead as long as the fence in the north-west corner of the site is moved, given concerns from a property nearby.

This month, Allerton Primary School in Bradford submitted a plan to put up security fencing to protect its children. The Bradford & District Advertiser reported that the school said it was acting on the advice of Ofsted.ADNFCR-3337-ID-800349492-ADNFCR