Reports of a gunman on the loose near a school in east London

Reports are coming in of a gunman on the lose near a school in Walthamstow. The incident is near Billet Road. At least one shot has been fired.

Children at nearby Roger Ascham Primary School are being kept inside the building as a precaution.

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'No evidence' of gunman at Walthamstow school

Armed police were called after reports of shots being fired and a man with a knife near an east London school on Friday afternoon.

Children were kept inside the school Credit: Google Streetview

Scotland Yard confirmed they had been alerted and children were being kept inside the Roger Ascham Primary School in Walthamstow "as a precaution".

However, the Metropolitan Police later said that no armed man had been found.

"There were also reports of a man seen in possession of a large knife," a spokesman said.

"At this stage there is no evidence of a shot having been fired nor has any suspect been identified. We are not aware of any injuries. "

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