Teenager arrested after hundreds of schools placed on lockdown following targeted threats

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Police overnight have arrested an 18-year old teenager after school’s and colleges across the U.K. received threatening calls and emails.

Over 200 schools in County Durham were placed on lockdown following a direct threat to attack students via a car and gun.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) Have linked the incident to a bomb hoax that closed hundreds of schools last week.

Hertfordshire Police have confirmed with the support of the NCA they have arrested a 18-year-old man in Abbots Langley on Wednesday night on suspicion of making malicious communications.

The National Crime Agency released a statement saying “We understand these threats have caused considerable concern but we do not assess there to be an increased risk to the public.”

Durham Police released a statement yesterday confirming they’d launched an investigation 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.