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Teenager, 18, is charged with Crawley College attack

Teenager, 18, is charged with Crawley College attack after ‘masked gunman armed with knife’ stormed campus and ‘fired blank rounds’ leaving two teachers injured

  • Sandijs Dreimanis, 18, charged two days after incident at college in West Sussex
  • Charge of possession of imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence 
  • He is also charged with two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm
  • Faces further charge of possession of a bladed article on a school premises
  • Dreimanis has been remanded to appear at Crawley Magistrates’ Court today

A teenager has been charged two days after an armed incident at Crawley College.

Sandijs Dreimanis, 18, who is from the West Sussex town, faces a charge of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

He has also been charged with two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and possession of a bladed article on a school premises.

Dreimanis is expected to appear in court today, two days after students and staff were evacuated with their hands on their heads after shots rang out at the college.

The heroics of one teacher and their colleague, who were injured tackling an armed suspect, were hailed by police and the college praised the emergency services. 

Sandijs Dreimanis, 18, has been charged following the incident at Crawley College on Monday

Armed police at the scene of the incident at Crawley College in West Sussex on Monday

Armed police at the scene of the incident at Crawley College in West Sussex on Monday

Local officers were liaising with counter-terror specialists on Monday evening but later announced that it was not being treated as a terrorist incident. 

Dreimanis has been remanded to appear at Crawley Magistrates’ Court later today.

The incident saw significant numbers of armed police dispatched after officers received multiple calls shortly after 3.10pm of reports of shots fired at the college.

Crawley College principal Vicki Illingworth said on Tuesday: ‘Our college community was shaken by the actions that occurred yesterday afternoon.

Monday's incident saw significant numbers of armed police dispatched to Crawley College

Monday’s incident saw significant numbers of armed police dispatched to Crawley College 

‘I cannot praise the courage, resilience and support shown by our staff enough.

‘They have been incredible and the care and compassion they shared with our students and with each other continues to fill me with admiration.

‘We can confirm two members of our staff did sustain some minor injuries, which were not gunshot wounds.

‘Their heroic actions, and the rapid response of emergency services, helped to protect our college community.’

Armed police at the scene of the incident at Crawley College in West Sussex on Monday

Armed police at the scene of the incident at Crawley College in West Sussex on Monday

A Sussex Police spokesman said this morning: ‘Police investigating an incident at Crawley College on Monday, April 26 have charged a man with multiple offences.

‘Shortly after 3.10pm, police received reports of shots being fired at the site in College Road. 

‘Officers swiftly responded to the scene, where the suspect had been detained by two college employees; a teacher and a member of support staff. 

‘A blank firing handgun and a knife were seized, and at 3.20pm an 18-year-old man from Crawley was arrested.

Local officers were liaising with counter-terror specialists on Monday evening

Local officers were liaising with counter-terror specialists on Monday evening

‘Two people sustained minor injuries – not gunshot wounds – and presented themselves to a walk-in medical centre. Thankfully, no other injuries were reported.

‘Sandijs Dreimanis, 18, of Crawley, has been charged with possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and possession of a bladed article on a school premises.

‘He has been remanded to appear at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, April 28.

‘Police are treating this as an isolated incident which was not terror-related, and nobody else is being sought in connection with it.

Armed police at the scene at Crawley College on Monday following reports of gunshot fire L

Armed police at the scene at Crawley College on Monday following reports of gunshot fire L 

‘Officers continue to work with the college and the local authority to manage the welfare and wellbeing of those involved, including students.

‘Anyone with any information can report it online or call 101, quoting Operation Reset.

‘Crawley College is assisting Sussex Police with its investigation, and has confirmed that the college will be closed until at least Thursday, April 29.’

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