Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Threat to 100 Schools Is Another Hoax - Police

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Threat to 100 Schools Is Another Hoax - Police

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Byline: TOM EDEN Reporter tom.eden@ncjmedia.co.uk

MORE than 100 schools in the North East were targeted yesterday by a malicious email threatening attacks, police have said.

An email was sent to hundreds of schools across the country warning that they would be attacked yesterday afternoon.

Northumbria Police said it is being treated as a hoax.

It comes a little over a week after 92 schools in Newcastle alone were the subject of a bomb hoax.

A spokesperson said: "We are aware of malicious communications that have been sent to a number of schools in our region and this is being treated as a hoax.

"There have been a number of reports of the same email being sent to schools across the country.

"Police take hoaxes extremely seriously. They divert police resources and cause disruption and alarm to the public. Our officers have been liaising with affected schools in the region to offer reassurance and highly visible patrols will continue as normal throughout the day. …

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