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Worthing 'gunman' admits charges near primary schools

Heene Primary School Image copyright Eddie Mitchell
Image caption Children, staff and parents were kept inside the schools while a search took place

A man armed with a plastic gun and knife has admitted approaching primary schools to scare people.

Richard Gray, 36, pleaded guilty to possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence near Heene and St Mary's Primary Schools in Worthing.

He previously denied the charge, but changed his plea when he appeared at Hastings Magistrates' Court earlier.

Gray of Cortis Avenue, was remanded in custody for sentencing on 29 June.

He also admitted possessing a knife in Worthing's Victoria Park.

Police said a man had reported being shown a firearm close to Victoria Park and Norfolk Street in Worthing, at 14.15 BST on 8 May.

Later the same day a woman said she was shown a gun in a bag in Stoke Abbott Road at 21:10 BST.

Gray will be sentenced at Crawley Magistrates' Court.

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