A HIGH school has been locked down after threats were made by someone claiming they had a firearm.

Police officers attended Golborne High School following the threats, which were made online.

At around 10.42am today (Monday, November 22), police were called to reports that an individual was making threats to Golborne High School, Golborne, claiming they were in possession of a firearm.

Chief Inspector Liz Sanderson, of GMPs Wigan Division, said: "Armed officers have been deployed to the scene and the school has been locked down as a precaution.

"The threats were made over the internet and no-one has approached the area with a firearm.

"I'd like to reassure the public that officers will remain at the scene while we investigate."

Police have since confirmed they believe the threat to be "a hoax".