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Monday, 23 May 2016

Bomb threats across UK schools on GCSE exam day as caller vows to 'behead and shoot children

Thousands of pupils were evacuated in schools from Kent all the way up to Newcastle after a series of malicious phone calls promising to "take children's heads off"


At least 27 schools across the country have been plunged into chaos during GCSEexams amid a series of bomb threats.
Thousands of pupils were evacuated in schools from Kent all the way up to Newcastle after a series of anonymous phone calls.
At one school, "repeated" calls warned of a bomb on site and that "the shrapnel will take children's heads off".
One teacher told Mirror Online that the caller had threatened to shoot pupils and detonate a bomb.
Another school official added that the message was pre-recorded and featured an American voice which looped three times over a minute and a half.

SWNSBarming Primary School, Maidstone bomb scare - Police have set up an incident centre at The Redstart Inn in North Street
Barming Primary School in Maidstone was among those evacuated

The caller told a receptionist that "if the school called the police the bomb would be detonated immediately".
Police have been forced to close primaries and secondaries while responding to the threats which have left parents panicked and confused.
It was initially thought that the calls were isolated to a small number of schools in Kent but reports have emerged of disruption across the country.

Bomb threats were made at the following schools:

  • Canterbury Academy, Kent
  • Barming Primary School, Maidstone
  • Voyager Academy, Peterborough
  • Discover Primary School, Peterborough
  • Wootton Upper School, Bedfordshire
  • Redwood School, Rochdale
  • Neighbouring Oulder Hill School, Rochdale was also evacuated
  • Emsworth Primary School, Hampshire
  • Kingsham Primary School, Chichester
  • Whiteley Primary School, Fareham
  • Rosebrook Primary School, Stockton
  • Cranmere Primary School, Surrey
  • Mayfield Primary School, Cambridge
  • Blacon High School, Cheshire
  • Crabtree Farm Primary School, Nottingham
  • Lindisfarne Middle School, Northumberland
  • Charville Primary School, Middlesex
  • Dafen Community Primary School, Llanelli
  • Pinhoe Primary School, Essex
  • Maldon Primary School, Essex
  • Barnwell School, Stevenage
  • Charlestown Primary School, Cornwall
  • Middleton Primary School, Leeds
  • Ringmer Primary School, East Sussex
  • Caversham Primary School, Reading
  • Devonport High School for Girls, Plymouth
  • Down Hall Primary School, Rayleigh, Essex

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All the pupils at the Canterbury Academy in Kent were pulled from class, including 240 who were sitting a GCSE English exam.
Police were called to the site and conducted a painstaking search of the buildings, but were unable to find anything.
Parents received a text reading: "We have evacuated the school with police agreement following 3 phone calls regarding an explosive device. Lessons will resume tomorrow."
One student told Mirror Online: "We thought it was just a regular fire alarm but then we were told it wasn't a drill and were escorted to the far end of the field and held there while the police conducted a search.
"I don't feel safe going into school anymore and yet we were expected to carry on our days as if nothing ever happened."
Charville Primary School in Hayes called in police who swept the building with dogs after pupils were evacuated.
According to Kent Police, Barming Primary school in Maidstone was also closed this morning after an "anonymous phone call".

Barming Primary School, Maidstone bomb scare - A police car outside the school's North Street entrance
Barming was closed after an "anonymous phone call"

Matthew Manders, from Maidstone, has three children at the school.
He told KentOnline: "I feel terrible, not knowing what is going on and not being kept in the loop.
“My family is my life and I won't be the only parent rushing back to make sure my family is alright."
"It is absolutely terrifying. I don't know why anybody would do something like this."
Two schools in Peterborough were also evacuated and a road was closed following a bomb threat.
Voyager Academy and Discovery Primary School were cordoned off by police.

SWNSBarming Primary School, Maidstone bomb scare - Police at the cordon
Barming was among 26 schools across Britain evacuated

One student said: Why put a bomb in discovery with children like it makes no sense.
"That really scared me I literally thought a bomb was going to blow up in front of us."
A mum planning to send her daughter to Voyager said she was now 'petrified' to do so.
"This happened at Voyager school in Peterborough," she said.
"I was there today for a meeting as I'm supposed to be getting my daughter in this school in the next day or two as an In-Year admission. Now I'm petrified.
Canterbury Academy head teacher Phil Karnavas said: "It's almost certainly a hoax but with what's happening across Europe I'm not prepared to take that gamble."

SWNSCanterbury High School in Canterbury, Kent, had to be evacuated after a phone call warning of a bomb
School staff received "repeated" calls about an explosive device


SWNSCanterbury High School in Canterbury, Kent, had to be evacuated after a phone call warning of a bomb
The school was evacuated as a precaution, according to police

He added that secretarial staff received "repeated" calls from an adult male claiming an explosive device was hidden in the school.
Police confirmed that an anonymous call was made at 10.13am and that the school was evacuated as a precaution.
According to reports, Emsworth Primary School in Hampshire has been evacuated with staff and children moved to the nearby Glenwood School as police probe a bomb threat.
Headteacher Kate Fripp told local news website UKNIP: “There has been a security incident at Emsworth Primary School today.
"All children are safe and are at Glenwood School receiving refreshments.
“The police are on the school site and we expect to be allowed back in within the hour."

This letter was sent to parents of pupils at Downhall Primary School in Rayleigh, Essex
This letter was sent to parents of pupils at Downhall Primary School in Rayleigh, Essex


GeographVoyager Academy in Peterborough
Voyager Academy in Peterborough was one of the schools evacuated

Two more schools - Whiteley Primary and Kingsham Primary - have had security alerts, according to the website.
Children were also sent home from Wootton Upper School in Bedfordshire, police said.
Meanwhile, pupils at Down Hall Primary School in Rayleigh, Essex, were evacuated from the building following a 'threatening' phone call.
One furious mum said she was only told of the evacuation at the end of the school day, when her children returned home clutching a letter from the headteacher.
The letter read: "Dear parents, a threatening call was made to the school this morning and pupils and staff were evacuated as a precaution.

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Hundreds of pupils sitting a GCSE English exam were pulled out of the school (stock photo)

"Police were made aware and attended the school. The call is now being treated as a hoax and is being thoroughly investigated.
"The safety of our children is our number one priority and we take matters such as these very seriously. It would be inappropriate to comment further while that investigation is ongoing."
The mum, called Karen, claimed her two children were evacuated 'onto the school fields' alongside hundreds of other pupils and teachers 'for hours' - without her knowledge.
She told the Mirror Online she was shocked to hear about reports of bomb threats to UK schools via social media, adding: "Any security risk, we should have been told at the time."
Another mum, whose children attend Middleton Primary School in Leeds, also claimed she was not informed of a threat made to the school.

SWNSCanterbury High School in Canterbury, Kent, had to be evacuated after a phone call warning of a bomb
Police were called to Canterbury Academy and conducted a painstaking search

She told us: "I got no notification from the school, I heard through my friend. I initially thought they'd found something, so I rushed there and collected my children."
The mum, named Marie, said pupils at the school were evacuated on to the playing field until the threat had been investigated - something she only found out later on.
"I'm not going to take my kids back to school until I'm 100 per cent sure nothing is going to happen," said the panicked care worker.
Mirror Online has attempted to contact Down Hall and Middleton Primary about the claims.
Oulder Hill School and Redwood School in Rochdale were also evacuated today after a call warning of a“suspicious package".
Stuart Pidgeon, head teacher at Redwood School, said: “A phone call was placed to Redwood school this morning that led staff to believe a suspicious device had been placed within the grounds.

GeographCanterbury Academy
Canterbury Academy in Kent received a phone call warning of a bomb

"Following a full evacuation of pupils and staff at Redwood and Oulder Hill schools, police and senior staff determined that there was no device and pupils have now returned to class,
"The circumstances behind the phone call will be investigated by Greater Manchester Police as they deem appropriate.”
Cranmere Primary School in Surrey and Blacon High School in Cheshire were also among those evacuated, according to reports.

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