West Kent College on ‘lockdown’ as man arrested for brandishing axe

West Kent College on 'lockdown' as man arrested for brandishing axe

The incident happened yesterday morning [Tuesday], when a man got out of a car outside the gates of the college on Brook Street, Tonbridge, brandishing an axe.

A student at the scene told the Times: “West Kent was on lockdown this morning.

“A man had an axe on the ground. I’m not sure if it was a student or someone trying to hurt a student. No one is said to be hurt, but a police riot van turned up.”

She added: “Security went into panic mode, locking everyone in and not letting anyone else enter.”

Police could not confirm whether the man was a student, parent or somebody else but a spokesman said: “Kent Police was called at 9.25am on December 3 to reports of a disturbance in a car park at West Kent College, Tonbridge.

“It is alleged a man got out of a vehicle and threatened a person with a weapon, described as resembling a small hand axe. Officers attended and at around 11.10am a 31-year-old man presented himself to a police station.

“He was arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon and remains in custody.”

West Kent issued a statement saying: “The incident was managed in accordance with the college procedures by the staff with the support of the police and no one was injured. The matter is now being handled by the police.”

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