Bomb threats sparked evacuations at 14 schools across London, Cornwall and West Midlands today
Police said none of the threats were found to be credible and believe they may have been hoaxes
Thousands of children were evacuated from 14 schools in England this morning after a host of bomb threats were made in a suspected hoax.
In London, Ricard’s Lodge High School in Wimbledon and Raynes Park High School were thought to be among four that received calls claiming a “suspicious device” had been left on site.
“The schools were evacuated as a precaution while the incidents were looked into,” a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said.
“Searches of the premises have been completed and all the incidents have been stood down.
“The incidents are being treated as malicious communications.”
Local MP Stephen Hammond tweeted:
Bomb scare at two Wimbledon schools this morning. Hope it’s a false alarm. Have asked @metpoliceuk to keep me updated
— Stephen Hammond MP (@S_Hammond) January 26, 2016
A parent of a child from Raynes Park High School was told that the school had been evacuated because of a “major incident” but not given any more information.
She said: “Most of them don’t have keys or oyster cards because their stuff is inside. These kids are just trying to get on buses with no idea what’s going on. I could hear them panicking.”
On Tuesday morning, West Midlands Police said calls were made in “quick succession” to six schools in Sandwell, Dudley and Birmingham.
The force said bomb threats were received at around 9am but that intelligence experts have since verified there is “no credible threat”.
The affected schools were the Oldbury Academy in Pound Road, Holly Lodge High, in Smethwick, Bristnall Hall Academy, in Oldbury, George Slater High School, in West Bromwich, Earls High School, in Halesowen and Four Dwellings Upper School, in Quinton.
It followed similar phone threats to four schools in the Black Country last week that saw hundreds of pupils evacuated before police confirmed they were hoaxes.
Assistant Chief Constable Carl Foulkes said: “Police intelligence suggests there is no credible threat behind the calls…they mirror the hoaxes several schools received just a few days ago.
“Local police officers have been sent to the affected schools to carry out checks and to offer reassurance.
“A police investigation is underway to find the person responsible for the calls.”
Four more secondary schools in Cornwall had received calls “suggesting a potential security threat” at around 8am.
Teachers made the decision to evacuate the buildings in Truro, St Ives and Penzance, Devon and Cornwall Police said.
“By 9am, following police attendance and immediate enquiries, there was quickly found to be no threat and no risk to any children or staff,” a spokesperson added.
Police could not confirm whether the threats were from the same source or part of a co-ordinated hoax and inquiries continue.