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Police to use Newbury school for firearms training

Residents warned to expect loud gunfire

Dan Cooper

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Police to use Newbury school for firearms training

POLICE have warned Newbury residents to expect loud gunfire when it carries out a series of firearms training exercises at Falkland School in August.

The exercises, part of Thames Valley Police's ongoing training schedule, will take place on Thursday August 11, Thursday August 18 and Thursday August 25 from 9am until 4pm on each of the days.

All of the exercises will be contained within the school grounds and officers will be firing blank rounds as part of their training.

The first training exercise took place at the school last Thursday (August 4).

It has led to criticism from some nearby residents, with one describing the decision to allow a school to be used as 'alarming'.
Chief Superintendent Scott Chilton, Head of the Joint Operations Unit said: “Across Thames Valley we have highly trained and experienced firearms officers who undertake regular training to ensure that we have the specialist resources to keep our communities safe from harm.
“We want to make local residents aware that we will be carrying out firearms training at Falkland School throughout August.

"People might hear some loud noises while this training is taking place, but we want to reassure them that this will be because of blank rounds being fired.
"The location has been chosen specifically to minimise disruption to the public as it will be empty and will not necessitate any road closures.
"The Falkland School and West Berkshire District Council have given us permission to us the school and its grounds."

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  • Phylos666

    09/08/2016 - 11:11

    Before the officers are given firearms, can they be tested if they can read and write....most will not pass....


    • thepublandlord

      10/08/2016 - 16:04

      I didnt know they were unable to read and write......Still, as long as these very brave people can pull a trigger when they need to, I think most people will be extremely pleased to see them and be grateful for their presence.


  • Traveller

    09/08/2016 - 10:10

    It's easy to criticise. I know nothing about guns and training however schools have been the very places where youngsters have been shot and killed: maybe it's the very place to train. Our children are so precious. I would like to thank the police for doing a great job and I'll very happy that they are preparing for possible incidents.


  • Blizzard

    08/08/2016 - 18:06

    Don't think of it as a school. It's just a building. I've done fire arms training. It's called Fighting in Built up areas. Problem is you get use to a training area and for me anyway, get lazy. Not knowing your ground keeps you alert and learning. This is very important training. Don't think of it as a school as right now it's just empty building that with doors and windows. It's a good thing. Training is good. Train hard, fight easy.


  • RGWorkandLive

    08/08/2016 - 17:05

    As none of us know the needs of their training, offering totally unique buildings or open fields may not be very useful for urban armed response training. It's no big deal, it's not alarming, what's the problem?!?


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