Man arrested and school 'keeping pupils indoors' as armed police patrol streets

A man has been arrested after a school was placed ‘on lockdown’ and a building cordoned off on a Derbyshire street.

Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 11:05 am

Armed officers taped off a property on Briar Gate in Long Eaton and ‘spoke to the occupant’ this morning (Wednesday, February 5).

Students at the nearby Wilsthorpe School were kept ‘inside the building’ and drones were seen circling overhead by witnesses, along with ‘police everywhere’.

A spokesperson for Wilsthorpe said that the school is now operating ‘as normal’ and that the incident had been ‘resolved’, adding ‘thank you for your patience and concern’.

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Police at the scene and a drone circling overhead. Pictures by the Derby Telegraph.
Police at the scene and a drone circling overhead. Pictures by the Derby Telegraph.

A spokesperson for Derbyshire Police said: “A 49-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm and is now in police custody.

They added: “There have been rumours in the area that gun shots were fired, we can confirm that no shots were fired by officers or by the man under arrest.”