The Western Daily Press is reporting that a woman has been arrested after a Devon primary school was evacuated in a hoax bomb alert.
All students and staff at Heathcoat Primary School in Tiverton, Devon, fled to a nearby church after a call reporting an explosive was made at 9.15am today.
Following police advice, they were transferred to St Paul’s Church but were later allowed back into school.
A 32-year-old woman from Tiverton was arrested.
Devon and Cornwall police said: “At around 9.15am on Friday 20th November police received a report of a bomb threat at Heathcoat Primary School, Broad Lane in Tiverton.
“The school decided as a precaution to evacuate all pupils at the school to a nearby Church, which the police supported.
“Following police investigation at around 11.05am officers arrested a 32 year old local woman in connection with the incident.
“Police can confirm that this was a hoax call and at no time was anyone in any danger…”
I worry about the increasing risk of schools becoming victims of hoax calls as it is such an easy way to cause enormous panic and disruption, especially in this era of social media.
We have no idea of the circumstances here, but I hope more generally that police and the courts take action against anyone found doing this kind of thing maliciously in order to send out a signal that it is not acceptable.
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