Panicked parents seek information on social media
SCHOOLS in Cheadle went into lockdown yesterday as police searched for a man suspected of assault.
Panicked parents took to social media to try and find out what was happening after discovering security measures had been implemented.
St Giles Primary School, Painsley Catholic College, The Cheadle Academy and Moorlands Sixth Form all confirmed security measures had been put in place with school buildings locked down.
Cheadle Primary School was also believed to have implemented security procedures, but this had not been confirmed at the time of going to press.
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “We have arrested a man on suspicion of assault following a domestic-related incident in Cheadle this afternoon (June 6).
“We received a call to Charles Street, Cheadle, just before 1pm to a report a woman had been assaulted.
“Officers conducted a search of the area and a 43-year-old man from Cheadle has been arrested.
“We want to reassure members of the public that this incident was domestic-related and brought to a swift and safe conclusion by officers.
“Anyone who may have witnessed this incident is asked to call us on 101 referring to log 291 of June 6.”
Principal at The Cheadle Academy, Neil Jamieson, said: “We were alerted by the police of an individual who was causing concern following a domestic incident.
“We followed our lockdown procedure, ensuring the safety of all students and staff.
“The police informed us shortly after that the individual had been arrested.
“At no point has the individual been seen on the academy site.”
Stephen Bell, principal of Painsley Catholic College, added: “Following reports of a man behaving suspiciously near the school grounds, the police were called.
“Following the matter, the police assured us that the issue was related to domestic violence and that we should not be alarmed.
“Agreed school procedures were followed and at no point were children or staff put at risk.
“As per our policy, parents were also sent a text to reassure them.”
Parents shared their fears on Facebook following the incident.
Nik Simcox posted: “When you hear your kid’s school has been put on lockdown, trust me I was terrified. With what’s going on in this country at the moment, I don’t think there is such a thing as an overreaction.”
Kelly McCann commented: “I would like to know if he actually went into a school or school grounds.
“I appreciate the confidentiality of it all, but I think to stop the anxiety of parents finding out ‘different events’ from children, it would have been wise for the schools to explain more.”
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