Exeter Uni on lockdown after ‘student made threats with gun’
The Amory building has been evacuated
A man at Exeter University has been arrested following reports of a student making threats and waving a gun.
The Amory building has been evacuated. Police cars are currently stationed outside.
Eye witnesses have described seeing police armed with guns and riot shields. Others report seeing a man being led away in handcuffs.
Armed units were sent to Exeter University following reports of a student making threats to other students, whilst in possession of a handgun. Police currently have one man in custody and have seized a weapon; we are now looking to see if this weapon is genuine or a replica. 1/2
— DevonCornwall Police (@DC_Police) June 19, 2019
The Metro reports the incident began around midday.
A student said: "At about 12.20pm there were police with guns and riot shields outside the Amory building.
"The Old Library, Reed Hall, the Innovation Centre and Business School were on lockdown.
"The Amory was evacuated but the forum was not affected at all."
Another said students had to be removed from exams, saying: "I was in the cafe but some people were still in the exam because they had extra time, so they were pulled out.
"I saw the police with their AK47s and I also saw the police dogs.
"The police were amazing, they were here in seconds.
"They took the guy out and then debriefed us."
Students were allowed back into the building at 1:50pm.
A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: "Armed units were sent to Exeter University following reports of a student making threats to other students, whilst in possession of a handgun.
"Police currently have one man in custody and have seized a weapon; we are now looking to see if this weapon is genuine or a replica.
"We can confirm that we have had no reported injuries and are not currently looking for anyone else in connection to this matter.
"We wish to reassure those on campus that they are safe. ‘Local officers will remain in the area as we continue our enquiries into this incident."
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