Possession of illegal drugs among young people is on the rise according to new figures released under the Freedom of Information Act.
The data – collected from 34 police forces across the UK – shows that in the last four years alone, there have been over 2,000 cases where drugs have been seized in schools.
Among the drugs seized were cannabis and Class A substances such as heroin, ecstasy, LSD and crack cocaine.
Cannabis was the most commonly seized drug and accounted for 625 cases since 2011.
Among the highest number of incidents and offences between 2011 and 2014 took place in Hampshire (229), while 144 incidents occurred in schools based in Avon and Somerset.
In the West Midlands 138 cases of school children in possession of drugs were recorded, while the South Wales police reported 92 in Wales.
There were only four incidents that involved school children under the age of 11. The majority of students caught with drugs in...