West Sussex - 'Lockdown' as robbers flee on to school site

2nd April 2010 at 01:00

Teachers and pupils had to be barricaded in their classrooms following a raid on a security van in West Sussex.

Firearms officers were deployed to search the grounds of The Vale First and Middle School in Findon Valley last week.

The school was placed on "immediate lockdown" with no pupil or member of staff allowed to leave classrooms while officers scoured the site.

Earlier, the crew of a Group 4 Securicor van at a Tesco store in Chichester had #163;17,000 stolen from them after being held up at gunpoint.

Officers entered the school in search of suspects and arrested one as he was walking out of the front gate, and the other in the school grounds.

Dominic Mendy, 30, and Danny Palmer, 31, were later arrested and remanded in custody, Sussex Police said.

In a letter to parents, headteacher Tony Lovatt said no child was harmed and no weapons were brought into the school.

"The staff reacted promptly and the police have praised the school for their quick thinking and the security measures that are in place," he said. DM.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now