Po­lice called af­ter school’s toy gun scare

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY JC RE­PORTERS

ARMED PO­LICE were called to in­ves­ti­gate re­ports of a “man car­ry­ing a gun” near a Jewish school.

Alarmed mem­bers of the pub­lic di­alled 999 af­ter see­ing the man out­side Yavneh Col­lege in Bore­ham­wood, Hert­ford­shire.

But it was later re­vealed that the “armed” fig­ure was in fact a sixth-for­mer who was bring­ing a toy gun into the school for use in a play.

In an email to par­ents af­ter the in­ci­dent last Thurs­day, head teacher Spencer Lewis wrote: “There was some po­lice and CST ac­tiv­ity and lots of talk on so­cial me­dia but it was a false alarm.

“I am pleased to say all ap­pro­pri­ate pro­ce­dures were fol­lowed and every­thing is fine.”

Firearms of­fi­cers con­ducted searches in the area around Yavneh, and the neigh­bour­ing Monksmead School, be­fore giv­ing the all-clear.

In as state­ment, po­lice said: “No one has been threat­ened or in­jured. No ver­i­fi­ca­tion can be made that the item was a gun and the mat­ter has been deemed a sus­pi­cious in­ci­dent.

“We are ex­tremely grate­ful to mem­bers of the pub­lic for re­main­ing vig­i­lant, par­tic­u­larly in the cur­rent cli­mate.

“We would like to re­as­sure mem­bers of the pub­lic we do take re­ports such as these ex­tremely se­ri­ously.”

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