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Police make arrest as ‘man with knife’ seen in Heath Lane, Dartford

PUBLISHED: 16:04 25 September 2017 | UPDATED: 11:19 26 September 2017

Heath Lane in Dartford

Heath Lane in Dartford

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Police have remained at the scene

Police have made an arrest after reports of a man with a knife walking in Heath Lane put three Dartford schools into “lock down”.

Officers are still patrolling around Heath Lane following a report at 3.04pm of a “man being seen with a knife”, according to Kent Police.

A spokesperson from Kent Police said: “Officers arrested a man at 3.20pm following the report and he is currently in custody.

“A second man, suffering minor injuries went to a local hospital. Enquiries into the circumstances of the incident are ongoing.”

Dartford Science and Technology College declined to comment amid reports students at the all-girls secondary school were being kept in the school hall following the report.

A spokesperson from Kent County Council said: “DSTC, Westgate Primary and Oakfield Primary went into lock down.

“We’ve since spoken directly to Kent Police who confirmed the issue wasn’t related to any of the schools but was in the vicinity of Heath Lane.

“The man in question is now in police custody and the schools we knew were in lock down have been notified.”

Parents and carers received an e-mail on Tuesday morning from DSTC, the e-mail, seen by The Reporter, read: “No one from DSTC The incident was hugely upsetting for some of the girls, staff and parents who saw the man at close quarters.

“It is genuinely uncommon that these events happen but sadly there are people in the community who do not act in a rational way and then put others at risk.

“I am extremely proud of everyone, parents, staff and students, who worked together during this difficult time.

“I am also grateful to those members of the public who offered their help. It was a concerted team effort that allowed us to remain calm and get students home safely.

“It is imperative that we continue to warn girls about potential dangers and to plan for disruption to usual routines ensuring they keep safe at all times.

“It would be wise for girls to ensure mobile phones are fully charged for the start of each day and switched on as they leave the building.”

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