Schools across the country are on lockdown after a host of teachers were sent alleged threats which warned kids they will be ‘mowed down’.
The anonymous emails which were sent specified the schools which will be targeted later today, according to reports.
It is currently thought that schools in Durham, Cambridgeshire, Devon and Cornwall have all been sent the malicious emails, which say that a car will plough into as many students as possible when they attempt to leave the premises, according to Mirror Online.
BREAKING: West Midlands Police are investigating after emails were sent to a number schools making threats.
A spokesperson from West Midlands Police, said: pic.twitter.com/CVIoBaIl0O
— Birmingham Updates (@BhamUpdates) March 28, 2018
A spokesman for Cambridgeshire Police said:
The emails say that at 3.15pm a car will drive into as many students as possible as they try to leave.
It says, ‘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. From your team P13x13t’
The spokesman added:
We are aware of a series of malicious communications to schools across the country this morning.
Enquiries are being carried out to establish the facts and forces are working together, along with the National Crime Agency, to investigate who is responsible.
According to reports, some schools are on complete lockdown, and are refusing to let their children leave, despite parents having been called to collect them.
One such school is Marlborough Primary School, which is one of 12 schools affected in the Plymouth area.
Headteacher of the school Rachel Summers told the Plymouth Herald:
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 okay.
We have a nursery unit that finishes at 11.45 and new children come in for the afternoon sessions.
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.
A statement from Durham Police said:
We have received a number of calls from schools in our region reporting that they have been sent threatening emails.
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.
A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police read:
We understand this may be a national problem and that schools have been receiving spurious emails.
We are taking the matter seriously and are delivering messages over the phone and in person to schools.
We have received a number of calls from schools reporting that they have been sent threatening emails. Police forces across the country are also believed to have reported similar incidents. Our full statement is here https://t.co/WkDHZGgQgP pic.twitter.com/2En1uI5rNb
— Durham Constabulary (@DurhamPolice) March 28, 2018
The current identity of the sender(s) of the email is unknown, but forces are working together to try and identify and investigate the threat.
Anyone with any information should call 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.