Gunman terror outside school

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AN animal expert searching for a stray deer caused panic when he turned up outside a Calderdale school with a rifle.

Passers-by called police when they saw the man in Burnley Road, outside Todmorden High School.

It emerged that he was trying to tranqualise a deer trapped in a storm drain.

Steph Booth, who was driving past, said she saw the man and feared for the worst.

“It looked like he was carrying a shotgun,” she said.

“So I rang the police, expecting them to send a firearms squad.

“I was frightened until I found out later that he was on a rescue mission,” she said.

A police spokesman said the man had been given some words of advice.