Armed police descend on school with students and staff on lockdown after 'suspicious phone call'

A generic stock photo of police tape at a crime scene in Liverpool.
A generic stock photo of police tape at a crime scene in Liverpool.

Surrey Police is responding to reports of a concern for safety at Esher Church of England high school

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A school in Surrey is on lockdown as armed police investigate reports of a concern for safety.

The Elmbridge Beat of Surrey Police tweeted: "Uniformed and armed officers at scene at Esher C of E High School following reports of a concern for safety.

"Enquiries being carried out inside and outside premises to establish circumstances.

"Students and staff at school remain inside building as precaution at this time. Further updates to follow."

A message seen by Surrey Live from the school has informed parents that pupils are safe but they shouldn't come to the school at this time.

Surrey Police later confirmed they were investigating inside and outside of the school due to a suspicious phone call it received earlier this morning.

A statement from Surrey Police confirmed: "We are continuing to carry out enquiries following reports of a concern for safety at Esher C of E High School earlier this morning.

"Officers were called to the school around 11.15am following reports the school had received a suspicious phone call.

"Uniformed and armed officers are continuing to carry out enquiries both inside and outside the premises to establish the circumstances of the incident.

"We are working with the school as part of these enquiries.

"Students and staff remain inside the school building as a precaution at this time

"We are hoping they will be able to leave the premises shortly."

More to follow...