Chichester emergency: 'Armed police' swarm in as manhunt launched for 'man with weapon'

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Sussex incidents tweeted: “Due to a Police incident in the area we been advised by parents Portfield Primary School students not allowed to currently leave the school. Armed police have been spotted near by and by the Hospital.”

Police took to social media to warn people to stay away from the area, according to the Independent.

Officers said: “We’re responding to a report of a man seen in possession of a suspected weapon in the vicinity of Litten Gardens, Chichester.

“Enquiries to locate the suspect are underway – please avoid the area.

“We’re working with partners including local schools to take safety precautions while we investigate this report.”

Chichester High School announced it went into a lockdown following the incident.

Posting a message to parents on social media, deputy headteacher Tom Brixey said: “We have been advised by the Police that due to an incident in Chichester this afternoon the school needs to be placed into lockdown.

“This means that students are not allowed to leave the site.

“All children are safe in their classrooms and the school site is safe.

“Parents should stay off the school site and avoid ringing the school.

“When we have any update we will notify again via ParentMail and ClassCharts.

“Can I re-iterate, please DO NOT ring the school, we need the phone lines free.”

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