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Newport secondary school Joyce Frankland Academy goes into emergency lockdown and police called over intruder

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Police were called to Newport's Joyce Frankland Academy after a "student-age" person who does not attend the school was discovered on site.

Staff implemented the secondary's emergency lockdown procedure at around 2pm on Monday (January 24), locking pupils and staff in their classrooms for 30 minutes, while the matter was dealt with.

Essex Police confirmed officers attended the school in Bury Water Lane but said no arrest was made. Pupils reported seeing the teenage suspect "throwing stones" at a window and hearing teachers shouting.

Joyce Frankland Academy in Newport (54459961)
Joyce Frankland Academy in Newport (54459961)

Head teacher Duncan Roberts wrote to parents in the immediate aftermath to inform them of the incident.

He said: "This afternoon, the Academy undertook a lockdown process. This was because a person was identified on school site who is not a member of our Academy community, for a short period of time.

"The lockdown process lasted for 30 minutes whilst the matter was dealt with by staff and police. However, during this time the person was not on school site, but in the vicinity.

"I do understand that members of our community may have found this matter concerning. However, I can confirm that police arrived swiftly on site and it was as a result of the vigilance of students and colleagues who challenged this person that triggered them to leave site, the police to arrive and to take swift action.

"The person was of student age, which added a further complexity to identification."

Mr Roberts thanked colleagues involved who dealt with the matter "calmly and professionally".

He added: "I would also like to thank our student body who were exceptionally mature in response to the situation.

"The Academy will continue to work alongside the police to ensure that this person does not attempt to come onto school site again. Additionally, the Academy will use this incident, as well as the drills that we conduct throughout the academic year, to ensure that our site is as safe as it possibly can be at all times."

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