UPDATE Woman arrested after reports of BB gun fired near primary school in Skegness

Police on the scene at Spirewic Avenue, Skegness.
Police on the scene at Spirewic Avenue, Skegness.

UPDATE A 34-year-old Wainfleet woman has been arrested following reports she was firing pellets at primary school children.

Pupils at Seathorne Primary school allegedly saw the woman firing pellets from a neighbouring property after she became angered with the sound of their playing.

Police on the scene.

Police on the scene.

The children had been moved inside while police officers and dog teams searched the Spirewic Avenue property for the weapon - believed to be a BB gun.

Police ‘attended swiftly’ to clear the scene and have since arrested a woman on ‘suspicion of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of harm’.

She is currently being interviewed at Skegness Police Station.

Staff at the school are liaising with parents to inform them of the incident and a number of Neighbourhood Policing Team officer are also providing reassurance in the wider community.

Head teacher Mandy Cherry said: “We can confirm that an incident occurred at the school earlier today involving some sort of weapon being fired over the school premises.

“This matter is now in the hands of the police.

“The children are safe and no one was hurt - school staff acted quickly to get children indoors.

“We have robust emergency plans in place to deal with such incidents and I am pleased to say staff reacted quickly and responsibly to ensure the children’s safety.”

A parent who was meeting with teachers at the school when the pellets are reported to have started firing has praised the staff’s response.

“All I can say is that the school dealt with it brilliantly,” said Tracy Adams, a mother of two children at the school.

“They kept the children safe all the time it was going on and I can’t fault them at all.

“Obviously it’s not good when this sort of thing happens but at the end of the day you can’t control who’s next door.

“Unfortunately we live in a society where you can pick up a BB gun for a fiver from the market so maybe that’s something that should be looked at.”

However Jason Richardson has been less complimentary of the school, which he feels should have informed him about the incident so that he wasn’t broken the news by his six-year-old daughter when he returned from work.

“I think it’s ridiculous - you send your child to school because you think it’s safe,” he said

“When you get back from work and six-year-old daughter runs up saying ‘daddy the police were at school, someone has been shot’ I was thinking ‘God almighty’.

“I’m just annoyed because no one from the school has been in touch.”

Did you see what happened? Do you have children at the school? Contact the office on 01754 897120 or email andrew.hirst@jpress.co.uk.