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Armed police swarmed a village in Surrey and placed local schools in lockdown after reports of a man with a firearm.
Bagshot locals were terrified on Wednesday afternoon after armed officers and a helicopter were spotted.
Parents received a message from the local infant school telling them their children couldn't be released until a "suspicious incident" was brought under control.
Surrey Police say they received a report of a man seen with what seemed to be a firearm near Connaught Junior School in Bagshot just after 1.30pm.
Armed officers carried out a search of the area, and the school and the nearby Little Echoes Day Nursery instigated their lockdown procedures to ensure all pupils and staff remained safe.
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Bagshot Infant School also went into temporary lockdown.
A police drone was deployed to help with the search but no one matching the initial description was found.
"Following the completion of the search, the lockdown procedures are now being lifted to allow parents to collect their children," Surrey Police said.
"Officers remain in the area if anyone has any specific concerns or questions, and we would like to thank the school, nursery, parents and local residents for their support and cooperation."
A parent shared a message they received from Bagshot Infant School this afternoon saying they "cannot release the children" due to a "suspicious incident".
It read: "Dear parents and carers, we have been made aware of a suspicious incident in the surrounding area and have been advised to lock down the school.
"All children and staff are safe and well and lessons are continuing as normal.
"Until we have been given the all clear we cannot release the children.
"Please await further updates before coming to collect your children. Please do not call the school, to ensure we keep our phone lines open."
Bagshot is located approximately 26 miles southwest of central London.
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