Staff and pupils at a Warwickshire secondary school were evacuated and the school was closed yesterday afternoon following a hoax threat.

The incident happened at Henley-in-Arden School on Monday (September 28).

The police were called and Warwickshire Police sent officers to the scene.

The nature of the threat has not been revealed.

The school alerted people to an unfolding incident via Twitter but stressed all children and staff were safe.

A tweet on Monday afternoon said: “Due to an incident in the building, students will not be allowed in to collect their belongings. These will be looked after and collected tomorrow.”

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It added: “All children and staff are completely safe.

“Further information will follow.”

A subsequent tweet said: “Due to a hoax incident (where staff and students remained perfectly safe) the school building was closed this afternoon.

“Police are investigating the incident.

“All students’ belongings will be safely locked inside the building until tomorrow when school will open as usual.”

A spokesman for Warwickshire Police said: “At 2.30pm this afternoon, Monday, September 28, Warwickshire Police received a report of a threat to a school on Stratford Road, Henley-in-Arden.

“The school was evacuated and trained officers attended the site where nothing suspicious was found.”

Hoax calls and the misuse of the 999 emergency services number are a criminal offence. 

Anyone found guilty of such an offence faces a maximum penalty of up to six months in prison or a fine of £5,000.





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