Primary school forced into lockdown after armed police called to ‘threatening man’

St Stephen’s Infant School is in lockdown

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A primary school in Bristol has been placed on lockdown with armed police called to reports of a "threatening man".

St Stephen's C of E Junior and Infant School, on Lansdown Road, Soundwell, kept pupils in classrooms due to the incident this morning.

Somerset and Avon Police confirmed armed officers descended on the school and later said a suspect was arrested with "no ongoing threat to the public".

Neighbourhood officers will remain in the area today, it added.

A reporter at the scene, however, said there are currently no police visible outside the school or Kingswood Leisure Centre, reports BristolLive.

An officer in the car parked on nearby Church Road told them the incident had been "dealt with".

An employee of the school told the publication at around 11.15am the lockdown had been enacted but would give no further details.

Witnesses said a police helicopter spent periods circling Soundwell and Kingswood, as well as Fishponds, for almost an hour, before flying to Almondsbury.

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Armed police rushed to the scene this morning
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In a statement prior to confirmation of the arrest, the constabulary said: "Police are in attendance in Kingswood following reports of a man displaying threatening behaviour towards members of the public on Church Road, near Kingswood Leisure Centre.

"Due to the nature of the threat, armed officers have attended.

"Staff and students at St Stephen's Junior School in Kingswood are being kept indoors as a precautionary measure while enquiries are ongoing.

"The man is believed to have left the school vicinity and we'd like to reassure parents and guardians that there is no ongoing threat to the school.

"We'd ask them to avoid travelling to the school at this time."

In a follow-up tweet at around 11.45pm, the police added: "Following our earlier report about a man displaying threatening behaviour towards members of the public in Kingswood, police have now made an arrest.

"Neighbourhood officers will be maintaining a visible presence in the area. There is no ongoing threat to the public."

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