Police alert after man in camouflage attending school Royal Navy event is mistaken for gunman

Springwood High School in Gaywood. Picture: Google Maps

Springwood High School in Gaywood. Picture: Google Maps - Credit: Archant

Police were put on alert after a man in camouflage attending a school services event - carrying a plastic weapon - was mistaken for a gunman.

Police received a call from a member of the public that they had seen a man in camouflage gear carrying a firearm walking towards Springwood High School in Gaywood.

A spokesman for Norfolk police confirmed they were called at 1.30pm on Friday to the school to reports of a suspicious male on the field.

But it quickly emerged the incident what not quite as it seemed.

He said: 'The initial report said it was believed he was carrying a weapon however when we arrived there was a public services event ongoing and the male was part of this role play event.'


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The spokesman said the weapon was found to be plastic and officers were stood down.

He added teachers confirmed the man was with them and from the Royal Navy.

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The school said that everything was under control, but were not able to comment further.

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