Primary school evacuated after man ‘threatens to blow up home nearby’

A primary school has been evacuated over reports a man nearby has threatened to blow up his home.

Crews rushed to Darlington Street in Wallasey over reports of a man "threatening to blow up his home".

A neighbour said emergency services have been at the end of the street for about an hour.

Egremont Primary School was evacuated, reports Liverpool Echo.

A neighbour, who did not to be named, said there were four or five police vehicles at the scene including armed police.

There is also a police dog, an ambulance and a fire engine at the scene.

In a statement, police said: "We can confirm officers are in attendance in Wallasey today, Friday, 28 February, following a report of a man, armed with a knife, making threats.

"Officers are currently in Darlington Close, having been called at 11.55am, and a number of neighbouring properties have been evacuated. It is believed that the man had forced his way into the property and that it is domestic related.

"There are road closures in place in the Darlington Close, Darlington Street, Church Street, Water Street and Union Street area while the incident is ongoing and we advise people to avoid the area at this time. Children and staff from Egremont Primary school have been evacuated and taken to a place of safety.

"Officers are at the scene with specially trained negotiators. We would like to thank residents for their patience while police attend the incident."

Gas engineers have also reportedly been called to the street.

The road has been cordoned off the officers.

A spokeswoman for Merseyside Fire and Rescue said: "I can confirm we have one fire engine in attendance at Darlington Close In Wallasey.

"We were alerted at 12pm and on scene at 12.08pm. Crews are assisting the police with an ongoing incident."

Houses have also been evacuated close to the scene.

In total, three streets near the incident have been cordoned off.

One neighbour said residents have not been evacuated but warned to keep their windows shut.

They also said the area has children and elderly people living there.

Daily Star Online has approached Merseyside Police for a response.

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