ARMED Police closed off an area near a Leigh school following reports of a man “making threats.”
Essex Police reported that they had received a call from a “partner organisation” shortly after 8am on Tuesday, January 16, who reported “concerns relating to the welfare of a man who was making threats.”
Armed police responded quickly and attended the area, conducted a widespread search.
The officers were reportedly seen blocking off Ronald Hill Grove near West Leigh Junior and Infant School, whose headteacher was advised to keep pupils inside during the incident.
A police helicopter was also reportedly spotted by residents in the area too.
Essex Police have since reassured the community that “no threats to the wider public have been identified” and it is “not related to the junior school or other businesses.”
A spokesman for Essex Police said: “We received a call from a partner organisation shortly after 8am on Tuesday, January 16, who reported concerns relating to the welfare of a man who was making threats.
“As a proportionate police response, armed police officers from our Firearms Support Unit responded quickly and attended the area of Ronald Hill Grove, Leigh. They were supported by colleagues from NPAS and local policing teams.
“A thorough and widespread search of the area was conducted.
“We’d like to reassure the community that no threats to the wider public have been identified at this stage and this incident is not related to the local junior school or other businesses.
“Armed police officers have now left the area and local policing teams are continuing enquiries.”
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