A group of students from a Cheshire primary school, left their residential visit to the Conway Outdoor Education Centre, on Anglesey earlier than expected, due to the sighting of a suspicious intruder.
During the afternoon of May 7th, the students from Gorsey Bank Primary School reported seeing an intruder, lurking by the centre and the North Wales Police were asked to investigate the incident.
In a letter to parents, the Head of Gorsey Bank, Mr Joe Maguire said: "The decision was made as two of our children saw an individual carrying what appeared to be a weapon on the land adjacent to the centre. This individual did not approach or threaten them, but the pupils immediately told teachers about what they had seen.”
"As police were unable to provide assurances as to what the individual would have been doing, we agreed that it was only right and correct to bring the children home. Our guiding principle was that if we couldn't hand-on-heart say to parents that we had no concerns, then we felt it was wrong to continue."
A spokesperson for North Wales Police, said: "We were alerted to an alleged incident at 5.44pm on Tuesday 7 May, at the Conway Centre in Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, where a man was reported to be acting suspiciously in the grounds.
"Officers attended and carried out reassurance patrols around the area – and suitable advice was given to staff and pupils at the centre. However, the schools in attendance have made their own decision to return to the Cheshire area."
All staff and pupils returned safely to Wilmslow in Cheshire, the following day.