Police patrols at Peterborough school after former pupil seen with knife in the car park
Police have put in patrols outside Stanground Academy in Peterborough after a former pupil was reportedly seen with a knife in the car park.
Cambridgeshire police said “reassurance patrols” will be carried out in response to Thursday’s incident at the secondary school in Peterborough Road.
The school itself has also installed additional staff to monitor the school gate as police continue to investigate.
A spokeswoman for the force said the incident - for which they were called about at 4.51pm - is believed to be linked to an earlier call about reports of violence at Stanground Skate Park in Whittlesey Road.
Police were called to the skate park at 3.33pm, and the spokeswoman said: “There were reports that two men were seen with knives. A search of the area was carried out by officers to no avail.
“Anyone who knows someone who carries a knife or weapon, or sees someone carrying one, is urged to report this online via or www.cambs.police.uk/report/ by calling 101. If someone is in immediate danger, always call 999.”
A spokesperson for the Greenwood Academies Trust, which runs the school, said: “We are aware there was an individual, who does not attend the academy, reportedly in possession of a prohibited item, who was sighted in the school car park after school hours yesterday.
“As a precautionary measure we have brought in additional staff to monitor the school gates. There is also a continued police presence.
“As a trust the welfare of our pupils is our highest priority. As such, we are taking all necessary measures to ensure our pupils’ safety. We are currently supporting the police with their investigation, but as this is ongoing it would be inappropriate to comment further.”