Se­cu­rity alert at school sports day

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Vicky Cas­tle vcas­tle@thek­m­ @vick­y­castleKM

Po­lice were called af­ter a se­cu­rity threat to Nor­ton Knatch­bull Gram­mar School’s sports day.

Com­mu­nity sup­port of­fi­cers were drafted to the Julie Rose Sta­dium last Thurs­day, where the sports event took place.

Su­sanne Staab, head teacher of the Hythe Road school, said it was thought the threat was a hoax and sim­ply a “ru­mour that got out of hand”.

She said: “The school re­ceived information from some par­ents that there were ru­mours of a threat al­legedly made by a stu­dent to this school in re­la­tion to our sports day.

“The school con­tacted the po­lice, who car­ried out ex­ten­sive in­ves­ti­ga­tion into th­ese al­le­ga­tions and con­sid­ered them to be a hoax. The po­lice as­sured the school that sports day could go ahead safely.

“There were com­mu­nity sup­port of­fi­cers around the school and at the Julie Rose Sta­dium to pro­vide a re­as­sur­ing pres­ence.

“We have had no sus­pect pack­ages, no guns, no bombs, It’s a ru­mour that has got out of hand.”

The po­lice con­firmed of­fi­cers had been made aware of re­ports of threat­en­ing com­ments on so­cial media.

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM4356169

Of­fi­cers in at­ten­dance at Nor­ton Knatch­bull Gram­mar School’s sports day at the Julie Rose Sta­dium in Ash­ford

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