UK school in lockdown after gun shots reported
Staff and children are being kept indoors, Dorset Police have confirmed.
Local police officials say the situation poses "no risk to children" attending the school.
Dorest Police searched the vicinity around Highcliffe School, following reports that an airgun was fired at groundsmen in the area.
A police spokesman said the suspect was spotted in possession of an “air weapon.”
No one was injured in the incident.
"Dorset school in lockdown as gunman fires shot" or the reality..someone might have used air-rifle but no one hurt pic.twitter.com/xM9G9gzXqL
— Jamie Wood (@JamieWood_Sky) December 18, 2014
"Police were called at 12.06pm to reports that an air weapon had been fired at groundsmen working on fencing surrounding Highcliffe School in Christchurch," the police spokesman said.
"Dorset Police would like to reassure parents there is no risk to the children at the school, who are being kept in the school building."
26yo local man was swiftly arrested after reports of air weapon being fired near Highcliffe School in Christchurch. Air pellets found.— Dorset Police (@dorsetpolice) December 18, 2014
The school said in short statement posted on its official website that "reports in the local press of armed police being called to the school are incorrect.”
"There is no need for parents or students to be alarmed," the statement added.