Mon, 08 Aug 2016
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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