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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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Man arrested for possession of weapon & suspicion of affray after Broadfield Barton incident in Crawley

Whilst enquiries are still on-going and any victims are to be identified police have stepped up patrols in the area.

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Around 2.20pm on Thursday 20 June, police received reports of a large altercation involving people with weapons at Broadfield Barton in Crawley.

Police responded and carried out a search of the area, assisted by the National Police Air Service helicopter.

This led to the arrest of a man in nearby Regents Close shortly afterwards.

Police increased high visibility patrols in the area following the incident, which is believed to be isolated, and enquiries are ongoing.

No victims have been identified at this stage.

A 32-year-old man, of no fixed address, arrested on suspicion of affray and possession of an offensive weapon, currently remains in police custody.

Anyone who saw what happened is asked to report it online or call 101, quoting serial 770 of 20/06.

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