Gun surrendered in Suffolk teacher 'threat' inquiry

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Police have confirmed they are investigating allegations that threats involving a gun were made at a Suffolk education centre.

Suffolk Police said they were initially contacted by a member of staff who had been told by students that a teacher had brought a gun into class.

Officers searched the teacher's home. A de-commissioned antique weapon was surrendered for further inspection.

Police said the teacher had been questioned and given "words of advice".

A police spokesman said officers had initially been following up information relating to a "light-hearted lesson" involving an antique gun.

Police said they were contacted on 8 March and visited the centre that day, speaking to students.

But they received new information at a meeting with Suffolk County Council education officials on Thursday morning, and are now investigating an alleged threat involving a gun.

The alleged incident is said to have taken place on 4 March at the centre, one of nine in Suffolk where children with educational and emotional difficulties are taught.

The centre is not being identified for legal reasons.

"Officers are in liaison with the school and the education authority and an investigation is ongoing," said a police spokesman.

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