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Primary school in lockdown amid 'stranger' warning

Primary school in lockdown amid 'stranger' warning

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 11:42am 11th December 2018. (Updated at 2:44pm 11th December 2018)

A Cornish primary school went into lockdown amid fears about a stranger lurking nearby.

Charlestown Primary took action on Monday afternoon after getting reports of a stranger acting inappropriately in the area.

Police say they were called to Holmbush Road following reports of a man with what was believed to be a rifle.

Officers say he was found and the item actually turned out to be an umbrella.

"It was absolutely a precaution, and fairly soon afterwards due to contact with the police, we were able to open up again.

"It was just a precaution due to information we were given about a stranger acting inappropriately in the area."

"Parents have been really positive, saying they are glad their children attend Charlestown Primary because they are kept safe.

"They are glad we took the precautions we did in case it had been more serious, so it has been really positive.

"It was also a great way for staff to practice had something more serious happened, or if something more serious was to happen in the future, it is great to practice those routines and make sure everything is in place that needs to be.

"It reaffirmed to us that all of our procedures are tight and stringent."

School spokesperson

School officials say they were in contact with police and were able to open again soon afterwards.

They said it was a precaution - but was good to practice in case anything more serious were to happen in the future.

Pirate FM understands a letter went out to parents, informing them of what had happened.

"Police were called at 2.15pm on Monday 10th December to Holmbush Road, St Austell following reports of a man seen in possession of what was believed to be a rifle.

"Officers searched the area, located and identified the man.

"He was found to be in possession of an umbrella."

Devon and Cornwall Police

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