Paddox Primary in Rugby evacuated amid flurry of hoax calls across England - The Rugby Observer

Paddox Primary in Rugby evacuated amid flurry of hoax calls across England

Rugby Editorial 8th Mar, 2017 Updated: 8th Mar, 2017   0

PADDOX Primary School was evacuated this morning (Wednesday March 8) after police received a report of an as-yet-unspecified ‘threat’.

Police dog handlers conducted a thorough search of the site which finished at 2.20pm. Nothing was found.

Pupils assembled at the nearby Ashlawn School in Ashlawn Road to be collected by parents.

Fareham Avenue was also closed, and people in neighbouring houses were asked to leave the area – although the road has now reopened.

A spokeswoman for Warwickshire Police said a number of police forces across the country were investigating ‘malicious hoax communications’ to schools.

She said: “At this stage there is no information to suggest the incidents are terrorist-related. However, enquiries continue to establish the facts.

“Forces are working together to investigate who is responsible and whether incidents are linked.

“Police take hoaxes extremely seriously. They divert police resources and cause disruption and alarm to the public.”

Similar incidents have been reported in Taunton, Totton, Portchester, Basingstoke, Guildford, Plymouth, Exeter, Ipswich, Bransholme, Hastings, Bognor, Weymouth and Falmouth.

Anyone with information about any of these incidents should contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.


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