Police investigate email sent to schools suggesting a car would be driven at pupils

PUBLISHED: 17:30 28 March 2018 | UPDATED: 17:31 28 March 2018

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A series of “malicious communications” have been sent to schools across the country suggesting that a car would be driven at pupils when they leave the premises.

Police are investigating the email which was received by schools earlier today (Wednesday, March 28) and working with the National Crime Agency.

Responding to the incident, a spokesperson for the police, said: “We are aware of a series of malicious communications to schools across the country this morning (Wednesday, March 28”

“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.”

A Cambridgeshire school warned parents: “The school, along with a large number of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough schools, received an anonymous email earlier today, suggesting that a car would be driven at pupils when they leave the premises after school. We immediately contacted the police and the Local Authority and are following their advice about being vigilant and contacting them again on 999 if we identify a specific threat.

“Whilst, a large number of schools have received the same threat and it may be unlikely to happen, please be assured that the safety of your children remains our paramount concern and we will be as vigilant as possible.

“We ask for our community’s support in this vigilance. If you see anything unusual in the village this afternoon or on the school run please dial 999 and report it immediately, including details of car registration numbers etc.”

Schools in London, Durham, Cambridgeshire, Devon and Cornwall, the West Midlands and Northumbria have been affected.

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