By Ashley Thompson
A delay in the regular dismissal routines at the schools in Brooklyn today has been linked to a report of suspicious man reportedly spotted in someone's backyard.
Several RCMP officers converged on Chalet Drive in Brooklyn on June 10 to investigate a report of a suspicious man carrying a rifle.
Staff Sgt. Dan Austin, of the Windsor District RCMP, said a woman called to report a sighting of a suspicious man on her property before classes were dismissed for the day Tuesday, June 10.
“A male walked out of the woods onto her backyard and when she looked at him she thought it appeared he possibly had a firearm with him. He stepped back into the woods and she called us,” said Austin.
RCMP investigators cordoned off an area around Chalet Drive in Brooklyn, and brought in police dogs to aid in the search, Austin said.
“We had a good, long stay there,” he added.
Austin said the individual described in the report filed with police was not located but, after scouring the area, the RCMP do not believe the public is at risk.
“There is nothing right now that leads us to believe that there is any threat in the area,” he said.
However, Austin said there will be some additional police presence in the area as an added precaution while the investigation continues.
The Windsor RCMP had left a residence on Chalet Crescent by 4:15 p.m.
Annapolis Valley Regional School Board's Kristen Loyst said only transportation was affected at the West Hants Middle School and Brooklyn District Elementary School.
The majority of the school buses were dispatched about an hour late, but parents and guardians of students from the Lynch and Sterling road areas were asked to pick their children up at the school.
- with files from Jennifer Hoegg