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Student sparks school lockdown after bringing WW2 ‘pipebomb’ into class as terrified children are evacuated

A SECONDARY school was forced into emergency lockdown after a pupil brought a Second World War "pipebomb" into class.

Saltash Community School in Cornwall was sealed off and terrified teens were moved to safety as cops probed Friday's incident.

Headmistress Kate Littledyke revealed in a letter to concerned parents: "Following the events of the day, we are now in a position to give further details regarding today's lockdown.

"The priority this morning was the safety and wellbeing of our children and staff.

"A student brought what they believed to be a replica World War Two pipe-bomb on to site.

"However, due to its metal casing, we were unable to verify that it was in fact a replica.

"We therefore followed our standard procedures and informed the police immediately.

"We were required to lock down to allow for the police to attend and investigate the object.

"In order to maintain a calm and safe environment, we purposefully did not release specific details whilst we continued to manage the situation.

"Once they confirmed the object was a replica and therefore safe, we immediately unlocked the school.

"We appreciate that this was distressing for some children and will continue to provide support where needed.

"Thank you to those of you who have taken the time to respond positively to the action we took today to ensure your child's safety."

A pipebomb is an improvised explosive device which uses a tightly sealed section of pipe filled with an explosive material.

The containment provided by the pipe means simple low explosives can be used to produce a relatively large explosion and the fragmentation of the pipe itself creates potentially lethal shrapnel.

An earlier post on the school's Facebook page read: "In response to a potentially serious incident today, we had to follow our lockdown procedure, asking the children to remain in their classrooms whilst the police attended the site.

"We know that this was distressing for the children, but we were able to resolve the situation within 20 minutes.

"We were very proud of the way they responded to this unexpected event. We can confirm that the site is now safe and we are operating as normal."

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