03:13PM, Monday 19 July 2021
Loud air raid-like sirens startled many sleeping residents in Windsor and Eton due to a 'system fault' at Eton College.
Locals jumped out of their beds in the early hours at about 4:15am on a Saturday, July 17, after sirens were heard across the towns.
One resident claimed they heard the loud noises as far as Cippenham village in neighbouring Slough.
In a statement, Eton College confirmed the loud siren noise came from them due to a 'system fault'.
They said: “On Saturday morning the school emergency siren was set off due to a system fault which has now been rectified. We apologise to local residents for the disturbance this caused.”
Nothing was reported to Thames Valley Police.
The race to get as many people vaccinated against coronavirus has ramped up in the Royal Borough and Slough amidst an ongoing rise in cases across the country.