The incident happened in Yew Tree Lane Primary School
The police were called after reports of a man “acting suspiciously” outside the school.
The 30-year-old man was arrested near Yew Tree Lane Community Primary School in Dukinfield, Tameside at around 9am today.
Eye witnesses have claimed to see a man wearing a stab vest going to the school.
It is thought that the pupils were kept inside their classrooms.
A man, reportedly armed, has been detained under the Mental Health Act after going onto the school grounds. pic.twitter.com/PnhDydg0z2
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I am relived they are safe. But I am concerned about how they are going to stop this from happening again
A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: “We were called to reports of a man acting suspiciously on Yew Tree Lane.”
The spokesman added police remain at the scene and no weapon has yet been found.
Parents have been pictured gathering at the school gates to make sure their children are safe.
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The council has reported that all 500 pupils are safe inside the school.
One parent said: “I am relived they are safe. But I am concerned about how they are going to stop this from happening again.”
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