A Cornish school is closed today as police call in firearms officers and dog units to hunt a man who is thought to have access to weapons.

Police say that the closure is due to the ongoing police operation near Trenode Church of England Primary School in the Widegates area of Looe.

A police spokeswoman said roads had been closed and blocked off by police vehicles and that the police helicopter is on standby, with firearms officers and dog units are at the scene.


People n the area are advised to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity via 999.

A police spokesman said: "Police were called to a property at a rural location in Widegates, near Looe, shortly after 9.30pm last night.  Police are not able to share much detail at this time but can say that this is a domestic situation and it is understood one of the occupants has access to firearms.

"The situation is being contained and police at the scene are searching for a 60 year old male in the vicinity."

The decision to close the school was taken by the head teacher in consultation with the police as a precautionary measure

All members of the public are advised to avoid this area while the operation is ongoing.  Those in the area should remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity via 999.

A police spokesperson said: “We do understand that this will cause some significant inconvenience for some parents and local residents and this decision was not taken lightly but public safety is our most important concern of the school and police.”