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200 schools on lock down in County Durham

Over 200 schools in County Durham have been placed on lockdown due to a credible treat made to county hall regarding a number of school. Schools across Cornwall, Plymouth and the Cleveland area have been impacted.

All Children are safe and as a precaution schools have been locked down to ensure the safety of staff and school children.

A number of schools have sent out emails and text messages to parents informing them that schools are on lockdown due to a threat received however no children have been harmed or are in any danger.

A number schools that have shutters have pulled these down and school gates have been locked.

A number of schools in Plymouth have also received a credible security threat forcing a number of schools into lockdown also.

General advice is parents have nothing to worry about and should collect their children from school as usual

Chief Inspector Catherine Clarke, from Durham Constabulary, said: “We can confirm that at this time we believe none of the threats received by schools to date are considered to be credible.

“In the absence of any further threats being received, schools do not need to take any further action.

“If any further threats are received they should be reported immediately to police.

“We are in contact with the schools in our area to give guidance and reassurance.

“More than 100 schools in the North-East region have received the emails and we are working with neighbouring forces to establish the facts and investigate who is responsible.

“Police forces across the country are also believed to have reported similar incidents.

“The emails inform the school that they will be targeted in an attack later today.

“Enquiries are continuing to establish the facts and forces are working together to investigate the threat and who is responsible.

Durham Police have released a statement “We have received a number of calls from schools in our region reporting that they have been sent threatening emails.

“We are requesting that parents do not ring the police as we are in contact with the schools to offer advice and reassurance, and to keep them updated on the investigation.

“We take all incidents of this nature extremely seriously.”

Cleveland Police also confirmed a number of schools have been contacted

“Cleveland Police are aware of schools in our area reporting that they have been sent threatening emails.

“Police forces across the country have also reported similar incidents.

“The emails inform the school that they will be targeted in an attack later today. The emails are not believed to be credible and parents are advised to pick up their children from school as normal.

“We wish to reassure parents and schools that enquiries are continuing to establish the facts and forces are working together with national agencies to investigate.

“We are requesting that parents do not ring the police as we are in contact with the schools to offer advice and reassurance, and to keep them updated on the investigation.

“We take all incidents of this nature extremely seriously.”

Anyone with any information that could assist police should contact Durham Constabulary on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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