Boys arrested after 'gun' taken to Redcar school

Imitation pistol Image copyright Cleveland Police
Image caption The imitation gun was seized by police

Three teenagers have been arrested after reports that a gun had been taken into a school on Teesside.

Staff at the school, which has not been named but is in Redcar, called in police on Thursday.

Two 15-year-old boys and one aged 16 were held on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

The teenagers were later released under investigation and no-one was hurt in the incident.

It is not known whether the boys were pupils at the school.

'Extremely irresponsible'

Cleveland Police confirmed the weapon was an imitation pistol.

A force spokesman said: "If a firearm is posing a threat to the public it can be impossible to tell if it is an imitation weapon or not from a distance.

"If a firearms team is deployed and they feel that there is a valid threat then you potentially risk being seriously hurt.

"It is extremely irresponsible to possess imitation firearms in a public place, particularly in a school."

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