RESIDENTS have been telling of their shock after reports of a group of boys carrying knives around Hampden Park and Willingdon.

They were reportedly waiting outside Eastbourne Academy around 3pm yesterday.

Here is Emma Kelly: “I was outside the school on foot at 3.00pm and no police or anyone at the school. We were just told there was an incident in the community and the kids were kept in for their safety. Whatever was going on is so scary these days for our children.”

Kirsty Eaton said: “The school was put in lockdown – my son wasn’t let out til it was all clear and safe, such a scary world we live in now.”

Claire Francis posted: “My 5 year old was picked up by his granny nearby and she saw armed police, I guess this is why! Terrifying!”