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Revealed: What bomb threat hoaxers told Cambridgeshire schools

Teachers were forced to 'sweep' their schools in Cambridgeshire looking for bombs after a ..

By admin , in Cambridge , at May 8, 2018

Teachers were forced to 'sweep' their schools in Cambridgeshire looking for bombs after a hoax email was sent around.

A large number of schools were targeted by the hoaxers today (May 8).

The emails claimed that a bomb had been placed in schools, according to the National Crime Agency.

Headteachers across the county sent emails to parents to reassure them about the threats.

The emails said: "You may have been made aware, through the press or social media, that some schools in Cambridgeshire have received yet another hoax email threat today.

"The email informed the school that a bomb had been placed on the school site. The school followed its critical incident plan and immediately phoned the police and followed their advice.

"The school also informed the Local Authority who were in contact with the police. The police always take such threats extremely seriously and have well-rehearsed procedures to assess such threats based on all of the intelligence they have available.

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"For your information, the Local Authority and Police advice was that the threat was assessed as a hoax. The school followed the normal Incident Procedures and were asked to sweep the school.

"We understand the potential distress and alarm such threats cause parents, who understandably are worried about their children. Such threats are designed to cause disruption and worry. However, I can assure you that the police and the Local Authority have given school suitable advice which we have followed."

What the council said

A Cambridgeshire County Council spokeswoman said: "A large number of Cambridgeshire schools received a non-specific bomb threat early this morning (May 8).

"The police always assess such threats and give specific advice to schools based on the intelligence available. In this case schools have been told that the threat is a hoax, to be vigilant and to report any concerns they have immediately to the police.

"We understand the potential distress and alarm such threats cause parents, who understandably are worried about their children.

"Such threats are designed to cause disruption and worry. Schools have all followed their Critical Incident Plan and police advice.”

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The National Crime Agency confirmed that emails had been sent in a short statement.

It said: "We are aware of a number of threatening emails being sent to schools and are investigating alongside our partners in the police.

"We understand that these types of emails can be distressing and while we take the communications extremely seriously we must stress there is no credible threat."

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