Primary schools in lockdown after pupils and staff threatened in emailSeptember 12, 2023
Police launch probe into ‘hoax’ email sent to primary schools in Manchester and Cheshire that threatened staff and pupils and forced one to go into ‘lockdown’
Police are probing a ‘hoax’ email sent to a number of primary schools that threatened staff and pupils and forced one to go into ‘lockdown’ earlier today.
Details of the correspondence, which is said to have targeted schools in Cheshire, Liverpool and Manchester. were sent to police just after 10am this morning.
An investigation has been launched and officers have been attending schools to provide reassurance.
Lache Primary School, in Chester, was one of those affected, and described the incident as a ‘malicious hoax’.
The school staggered the release of pupils, with all believed to have been collected by 2.45pm.
Lache Primary School, in Chester, was one of those affected, and has sent an email to parents and carers saying the ‘procedure is precautionary’
A statement had earlier said: ‘We are aware that parents have arrived outside school. To repeat, we cannot let any children out or any parents in.
‘As we have stated this is a precautionary measure following an unpleasant email that has been sent to a number of schools in Cheshire, Liverpool and Manchester. There is NOT a threat on site.
‘We have locked down the school to ensure that everyone is safe. Which they are. The police are dealing with the situation and are very happy with the measures that we have in place.’
Detective Chief Inspector Justin Hancock from Cheshire Constabulary said: ‘We would like to reassure parents that this is believed to be malicious and we are doing everything we can to locate the person responsible for these emails.’
Chief Inspector Chris Boyd of GMP’s City of Manchester Division, added: ‘We take reports of this nature very seriously and whilst we have not advised any schools to close, our officers will nevertheless be stepping up their high-visibility presence around schools at the end of the day today to provide reassurance to them and the wider public.’
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