Brighton school locked down over 'man with machete'

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Police were called to reports of a man with a machete

A school went into lockdown after reports of a man with a machete in nearby woodland.

Students at Brighton Aldridge Community Academy were kept inside while officers, assisted by a helicopter, searched the area, Sussex Police said.

The force received a report of a man with a weapon in woodland in Lewes Road at 14:55 BST.

Det Ch Supt Steve Rayland said children had since been escorted out of school by officers to return home safely.

He said they had been told to avoid the woodland area where the suspect was reported to be.

The force said no-one was threatened or harmed and the search was later stood down.

The secondary school, which takes children aged 11 to 18, has not commented on the incident.

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