Police were called to Corsham Primary School early on Thursday 10 December following reports that Santa had crashed his sleigh into the school buildings whilst training some new reindeer. Police also received reports that the reindeer had run off and were being chased by Father Christmas. Police officers asked that anybody with any information should contact the school. Luckily nobody was injured in the crash.
Lindsay Fry, headteacher at the school's Pound Pill site says, while the situation was very serious, "the students were full of joy, surprised and delighted" at the crash landing. Some of them suspect they might have heard something or seen a flash in the night.
She has issued the following statement: "I am sure you can imagine it was a shock to all of us to arrive at school this morning and discover there had been an incident overnight. A vehicle had crash landed into the school entrance, leaving debris and carrots in its wake. On closer inspection we realised it was a very special vehicle indeed: Father Christmas’ sleigh, and that there was evidence of hoof prints and boot prints. We immediately sought the support of local police who attended the scene, along with highly skilled detectives, who asked the school community about possible sightings on their arrival."
"In a letter from the man himself, we have learnt that apparently Father Christmas was doing a practice run with some young reindeer whilst double checking his route, ready for Christmas eve. Somehow the sleigh has crashed and the reindeer have run off in the melee, and are seeking cover in Corsham, it is believed. The school and the police are appealing to anyone who has noticed any clues or spots them to get in touch with the school immediately."
Santa Claus has made himself comfortable at the school while efforts are made to recover his reindeer.
The statement continues: "In the meantime, Father Christmas has set up camp in the school, and has asked the children to help him in finding the reindeer. For example, by making maps of the town and giving ideas where they might hide, so that he will have a better idea where to look. "We really hope that the reindeer are found safe and sound soon, so that they can return back to the North Pole to finish those all important preparations for the big day."
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