Thursday 18 January 2018

School students told to leave lunch boxes and coats in 'urgent evacuation'

The PSNI are investigating
The PSNI are investigating

Jonny Bell

Schools in Northern Ireland have again been subjected to a series of malicious communications.

Police said there is nothing to suggest the incidents are terror related.

Thismorning a number of schools were evacuated. It is unclear how many have been affected, however of those we know of, they include:

Ulster Unionist North Down MLA Alan Chambers said children at Kilmaine in Co Down were told to leave lunch boxes and coats behind in an "urgent evacuation".

"Whatever or whoever is behind this needs to stop," he said.

Omagh town councillor Chris Smyth described the alert at Campsie as "shameful".

"Hoped this generation would be free from fear of bomb and bullet."

There have been reports of numerous schools across the UK and Ireland affected.

The alerts come after seven schools across Northern Ireland were evacuated over a series of malicious communications earlier this week.

Today, Chief Superintendent Garry Eaton said: “PSNI are investigating a further series of malicious communications to schools across Northern Ireland today. At this stage there is no information to suggest the incidents are terrorist-related, however enquiries continue to establish the facts. We continue to investigate who is responsible and whether these incidents are linked to similar calls made to seven schools earlier this week.

"Anyone with information should contact police on the non-emergency number 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

At least 21 schools across UK are said to have received anonymous phone calls warning of a bomb earlier this week.

Belfast Telegraph

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