Email threats prompt Leeds schools to close

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West Yorkshire Police said they had made an arrest in relation to an email sent to several schools.

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West Yorkshire Police said they had made an arrest in relation to an email sent to several schools.

West Yorkshire Police made an arrest after an email was sent to several schools in the area.

Schools in three counties had to close this week after receiving emails that “threaten violence against children and staff.”

West Yorkshire Police today said they had made an arrest in relation to an email sent to a number of schools in Leeds and Bradford.

He added that the content of the email was being investigated while officers “provided reassurance and safety advice to the affected schools.”

It comes just two days after schools in Manchester and Cheshire were closed over “malicious communications”, which are also understood to have threatened harm to students and staff.

Several schools in Leeds today took additional safety measures after receiving advice from the council.

Leeds Live reported that the council’s email said: “Please ensure that schools remain vigilant and that their usual robust safeguarding procedures are adhered to, particularly around site security and visitors on site.”

Beeston Primary School, Richmond Hill Academy and Ruth Gorse Academy were among the schools that implemented additional safety measures.

The latter two schools are understood to have kept children inside during breaks and asked people not to visit the site unless it was essential.

In a message to parents on Facebook, Beeston Primary School said staff were “being very attentive”.

Mirror Online reported that Sharp Lane Primary School had sent an email to parents saying “children will remain inside throughout the day”.

“All doors remain closed as usual and doors and windows inside the school also remain closed all day,” he added.

“We have well-rehearsed procedures for lockdown should we need them and a robust CCTV system covering all school grounds which is being closely monitored.”

Threats aimed at ‘several’ Leeds schools

Hunslet Carr Primary School, also in Leeds, told parents it had not received the threatening email.

But he added: “Access can only be gained through the intercom system, and we only allow access to the site to people we know.

“Delivery drivers and other people new to the school are asked to wait at the doors, and staff will meet them there.”

Leeds City Council said: “We are aware of an ongoing situation relating to threats directed at a number of schools in Leeds and we are working closely with West Yorkshire Police to monitor the situation and provide support to schools.”

On Tuesday, Greater Manchester Police and Cheshire Police said they were investigating after receiving an email sent to schools that morning.

Cheshire Police said the email, sent to Chester and Ellesmere Port schools, “threatened pupils and staff”.

Lache Primary School in Chester told parents on Facebook that it had closed the school “to ensure everyone was safe” and could not allow parents to pick up their children early.

Blacon High School in Chester also implemented additional measures after receiving the email, but told parents it was not “closed.”


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