Statement regarding school email threats

 28/03/2018

POLICE can confirm that email threats sent to schools in our region are not considered to be credible.
 
Durham Constabulary received a number of calls from schools reporting that they had been sent threatening emails.
 
Police forces across the country are also believed to have reported similar incidents.
 
The emails informed the school that they will be targeted in an attack later today.
 
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.”
 
We are requesting that parents do not ring the police as we are in contact with the schools to offer advice and reassurance, and to keep them updated on the investigation.
 
Anyone with any information that could assist police should contact Durham Constabulary on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.