UK terror: Schools across country on lockdown after email warns children will be run over and shot in street at 3:15pm, second school terror scare in 2 weeks


This is the second mass threat against schools in as many weeks. The first, reported on here, was from an Islamic terror source.

Related: Mass Islamic bomb threats are sent to more than 400 schools and colleges across the UK

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Schools across country on lockdown after email warns children will be run over and shot in street at 3.15pm

Frantic parents were reported to be arriving at schools in a desperate attempt to remove their children after the terrifying emails were sent out all over England

By Abigail O’Leary, The Mirror, March 28, 2018:

Schools across England were put on lockdown amid a major safety alert after an email threated that children would be ‘run down and shot’.

The alleged wording of the email said that at 3.15pm a car would drive into as many students as possible as they tried to leave.

It added that a gunman would shoot any students if the school tried to evacuate them.

The origin of the email is currently unknown but police confirmed “malicious communications” were sent ‘across the country’.

The areas that were affected by the threat

Counter Terrorism teams in the North East were also been brought in to deal with the vile threats.

Areas affected included London, Durham, Cambridge, Suffolk the West Midlands and Stoke-on-Trent, while numerous other police forces were monitoring the situation.

Meanwhile, frantic parents were reported to have been arriving at schools across the UK in a desperate attempt to remove their children.

Hundreds of schools sent 3.15pm attack threat email – see how YOUR area has been affected

According to reports, the email threatened a car would drive into as many students as possible at 3.15pm as they tried to leave.

It added: “If you try and evacuate them the driver will get out and shoot any student leaving.

“You have a choice here, you can ignore this email and risk the lives of the students you say you care for, or you can listen to what we are telling you.

“The only way out is to go out with a BANG.”

The email is signed off: “From your team PI3x13t.”

Responding to threats made in Plymouth, a spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said they were “aware of a series of malicious communications to schools in Devon and Cornwall as well as across the country.

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

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

Marlborough Primary school in Plymouth and Plymouth City College were among 12 schools affected in the Plymouth area.

Suffolk Police said: “Suffolk Police have received 14 reports of malicious hoax communications made to schools, Thursday 28 March.”

It also said it was working with the council on the issue.

Were schools in your area affected by the threat?

Hundreds of schools were reported to have been affected by this afternoon’s threat to ‘plough down and shoot children’ as they left school at 3:15pm.

Police forces across the country were also responding to and monitoring the situation as parents desperately attempted to remove their children from school.

Areas affected included:

  • Plymouth

  • London

  • Cambridgeshire

  • Durham

  • Suffolk

  • West Midlands

  • Hertfordshire

  • Stoke-on-Trent

  • Norfolk

  • Lincolnshire

  • Essex

  • Cheshire

Has an email been sent to your child’s school? If so contact webnews@trinitymirror.com to tell us your story

Headteacher of Plymouth’s Marlborough Primary School Rachel Summers said: “We followed procedure by phoning 999, phoning the police, as soon as we received that email – and then went into lockdown, so that children were all inside, with doors locked, nobody in, nobody out, just to be safe and make sure children were ok.

“We have a nursery unit that finishes at 11.45 and new children come in for the afternoon session. We were waiting for advice from the police. Until we had advice as to whether we could let children leave and go from the morning session, and whether we could let new ones in.

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