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Thursday, March 14, 2013
AN ANTIQUE gun has been voluntarily surrendered to police by a member of staff at an educational unit in Suffolk after it was alleged he waved a gun at a pupil’s head.
Police are investigating the alleged incident after it was reported that the man had been joking with a boy in a common room at the centre before making threats towards the pupil.
He is said to have left the building and returned with an antique weapon. No shots were fired and no injuries have been reported.
Police have confirmed they were contacted by a member of staff at Suffolk County Council on Friday, March 8, who had received information from students that the man had brought a gun into a class.
A police spokesman said the same day officers were dispatched to speak to the students concerned, who confirmed that an antique gun had been shown to students by the member of staff.
The spokesman said the member of staff was visited by officers who searched his home address for any unlawful firearms and questioned him in relation to the alleged offence.
The spokesman added a de-commissioned, antique firearm was voluntarily surrendered to firearms officers for further inspection and words of advice were given to the member of staff.
Officers are in liaison with the educational unit and the Education Authority.
The facility where the incident is reported to have taken place is one of nine in Suffolk that teaches children with educational and emotional difficulties and who find mainstream education challenging.
The centre is not being identified for legal reasons.
Nearly 3,000 people have supported a Facebook campaign demanding safety improvements on the A47 near Dereham set up after the latest fatal crash.
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