National bomb threats include South Yorkshire schools

Hundreds of schools across the country have received bomb threats, which has forced South Yorkshire Police to investigate the matter.

A statement released by South Yorkshire Police this afternoon, said: “South Yorkshire Police, as well as other police forces across the country, are investigating a series of malicious hoax communications that have been sent to a number of schools nationwide.

“At this stage there is no information to suggest the incidents are terrorist-related or that there is any credibility within the communication.”

Humberside Police said 19 ‘hoax’ threats were received in East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire alone, with roughly 400 being received altogether on a national level.

The emails appeared to have claimed a device had been planted within buildings and demands for cash were issued to prevent the devices from causing destruction.

South Yorkshire Police’s statement said: “Forces continue to work together, with partners and schools 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.”

Derbyshire Police also released a statement in which they said they did not believe the emails to be ‘credible or viable.’

Anyone with any information should contact police on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.