The dramatic arrest of three men for an alleged kidnapping incident forced a secondary school into a state of lockdown.
Though the arrests took place at a nearby address rather than the school itself, as a precautionary measure staff at Rickmansworth School took the decision to go into the lockdown at around 1.20pm on Wednesday, October 12.
This was after police decided to search a small area of the school’s grounds. This was confirmed in an email to parents.
Police have confirmed that the incident came about following calls made to them concerning the welfare of a man in Beechwood Drive, Watford, who had allegedly been forced into a vehicle and driven off. No weapons were sighted.
Following fast time enquiries from Hertfordshire Constabulary officers, an address near the school in Croxley Green was identified, and police attended.
Three males attempted to make off from the address, which led to the search, though all of them were quickly detained by officers.
Now, the trio have been charged with kidnap, and appeared before St Albans Magistrates Court on Friday, October 14, where they were remanded into custody, ahead of their next hearing at St Albans Crown Court, which will take place on Monday, November 14.
They have been identified as Tijmal Saddique, aged 38, from Mildred Avenue, Watford, Junior Scarlett, aged 45, from Fortescue Road, Edgware and Daniel Till, aged 47, from Scots Hill, Croxley Green.
A spokesperson for Rickmansworth School said: “At approximately 13:20 on 12 October 2022, Hertfordshire Constabulary attended an incident in Scots Hill which was totally unrelated to the School. As part of this incident, the Police needed to search a small area of the School site adjacent to a number of properties on Scots Hill.
“In order to keep our children safe, the decision to immediately ‘lockdown’ the School site was taken. The lockdown lasted for approximately 10 minutes and was lifted only once Hertfordshire Constabulary informed the School that their incident was concluded.
Rickmansworth School has a very clear ‘lockdown’ procedure which is routinely updated, and this procedure worked extremely well during a ‘live’ incident.
“The school community will be aware that we have rehearsed ‘drills’ for lockdown events such as these as part of our continued commitment to the safeguarding of our students and we are likely to hold more ‘lockdown drills’ in future to test our readiness t