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Crawley School evacuated after claims of explosive device

Hazelwick School in Three Bridges was evacuated this morning after receiving the claim in an email.

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Police responded to a claim that an explosive device had been placed at Hazelwick School in Crawley.

The claim was made in an email received overnight and opened as office staff arrived on Monday morning (January 7).

The school took the decision to evacuate while the premises were searched.

The children were held outside for over thirty minutes but the school resumed its normal activities shortly afterwards.

The school sent out a letter to parents and carers following the incident saying:

“This morning we received an external email which required us to seek police advice and guidance. To ensure the safety of our school community during this process, we took the decision to relocate students and staff to the astroturf for a short period of time.

Following a police presence on the school site, we were assured that the normal school day could be resumed.

As always during fire drill procedures, our students’ behaviour this morning was exemplary.

The email has similarities with those received at other schools across the UK over the last year and are being treated as malicious hoaxes.

Any parents concerned about their children should contact the school they attend or the local education authority for further advice and information while the matter is further investigated.

Schools receiving similar emails should contact police online at https://www.sussex.police.uk/contact/af/contact-us/ or call 101. In the case of any other threat, contact police on 999.

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Teenager attacked by burglar with bat in Tilgate home

Police are investigating an aggravated burglary in the early hours of Thursday (March 21) at a property in Gresham Walk, Crawley.

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Around 12.45am a man came into the property and attacked a 19-year-old man with a bat. He was treated at hospital for head and arm injuries.

The suspect, who fled the scene, is described as white with blonde hair and in his 20s.

Detective Inspector Colin Garman said:

“The victim has some serious, but not life threatening, injuries and remains in hospital. We are appealing to anyone who saw someone enter the property or was seen running away to contact us.”

Please contact police online quoting serial 55 of 21/03. Alternatively you can talk to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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