Villagers Disarm Knifeman Near School In South Kilworth

Written by on 13th September 2018

Members of the public have disarmed a man with a knife near the Primary School in South Kilworth.

A number of Police officers – some armed – were called to Walcote Road at around 9am, after receiving reports villagers had challenged and taken the weapon off him.

A 20-year-old man was arrested near-by on suspicion of possessing a bladed article in a public place.

The school was put on lockdown until the man was detained.

Police say no threats were made to any person and there was no risk to children at the school.

A spokesperson for South Kilworth CofE Primary School said: “We had a report of a potential safeguarding concern near to school this morning.

“The police were called and school was locked down immediately as a precaution.  The police dealt with the concern and checked the surrounding area and we were able to reassure parents that the pupils were safe and getting on with their school day as normal.”

A spokesperson for the Church of England’s Diocesan Board of Education, said: “The staff at the school handled the situation extremely well and the police have informed us that a man remains in custody and that there was no direct threat to the school or its pupils.”

Officers aren’t linking the incident with one in Lutterworth earlier this morning, when there reports of a man with a knife in the Linden Drive area, where someone was searched and no weapon found.

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