Police search for man with firearm spotted near two Worthing schools

Pupils were kept inside two Worthing primary schools this afternoon after police received reports of a man with a firearm in the area.

Heene Primary School. Picture: Eddie Mitchell
Heene Primary School. Picture: Eddie Mitchell

A man with a firearm was reported in the vicinity of Victoria Park and Norfolk Street just after 2.15pm today (Thursday, May 4).

A man showed the weapon to a member of the public, a spokesperson said.

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No threats were made and the man raised his concerns to police, the spokesperson said.

Police officers attended and took the decision to keep children, staff and parents inside Heene Primary school and St Mary’s Catholic School while a search of the area was carried out, confirmed the spokesperson.

Once satisfied that the area was safe, the schools allowed children to be collected as normal, the spokesperson said.

No suspect has been identified in relation to the report and local officers remain in the area, according to the spokesperson. 

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