Published: 29/08/2017 17:14 - Updated: 01/09/2017 14:42

Reports of gunman near Forres school

Pilmuir PrimaryFIREARMS officers were called to an incident at a Forres school this morning.

Police were called by staff at Pilmuir Primary who reported the presence of a man in a tree with a firearm close to the school.

A Moray Council spokesman said: "Staff locked down the building and accounted for all pupils and colleagues. "Learning and teaching activities continued as normal to maintain a calm atmosphere and avoid children becoming further unsettled.

"They were sited away from windows and blinds were closed to avoid unsettlement at the ongoing police activity outside.

"The Firearms Unit responded immediately to the request for assistance and the school was given the all-clear by late morning."

Director of Education and Social Work, Laurence Findlay, praised staff for their quick and calm response.

He said: "School staff followed established emergency protocol and further advice from senior officers at council HQ. We have written to parents and said that if any child is affected by these events we have support available from our Educational Psychology service."

One parent of a child at Pilmuir, who forwarded the school’s letter to the Gazette, was not happy with the response.

She said: "My daughter tells me the kids spotted something when doing their sporting start this morning.

"I’m shocked by how little information was given to us parents while this was going on.

"I was driving past just after 10am this morning and the police were running around the school clearly looking for something. There were rumours that it was connected to last night’s drama."

A 26-year-old man was detained in the early hours of this morning, having caused a disturbance in Pilmuir.

A police spokesman confirmed the man at Pilmuir Primary was traced and taken to Dr Gray’s Hospital to be assessed.

"It is a medical matter," he added. "There is no evidence of any crime being committed but our enquiries will continue."

Police have not confirmed whether the two incidents are related.

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