Police start investigation into ‘hoax’ email sent out early year schools in Manchester.

Police Investigate ‘Hoax’ Email Threats to Primary Schools

Police authorities have initiated a comprehensive investigation into a series of menacing ‘hoax’ emails that were sent to multiple primary schools, posing threats to both staff and students. The severity of the situation was such that one school was compelled to implement a ‘lockdown’ as a precautionary measure.

Incident Unfolds

Earlier today, officers, security personnel, and police riot units converged around three primary schools in Manchester in response to the alarming communications. The email threats were not confined to Manchester alone; they reportedly targeted schools in Cheshire, Liverpool, and Manchester. The distressing nature of these threats came to the attention of the police shortly after 10 a.m. this morning.

Police Action and Reassurance

In response to the threats, law enforcement agencies swiftly launched an investigation. Police officers were dispatched to affected schools to provide a sense of security and reassurance to both students and parents.

Lache Primary School’s Lockdown

Lache Primary School, situated in Chester, was one of the institutions affected by this distressing situation. The school took the precautionary measure of initiating a lockdown, restricting the movement of children within the school premises and barring parents from entering the premises. However, the school later confirmed around 2.15 p.m. that the email was likely a malicious hoax. They proceeded to release students in a staggered and controlled manner for the safety of all involved.

Manchester High School for Girls and Increased Security Measures

Other notable institutions like Manchester High School for Girls, Manchester Grammar, and Withington Girls School were also impacted by the email threats. Manchester High School for Girls communicated with parents, emphasizing that they were treating the threats seriously and keeping students indoors. They were in close contact with the police to stay updated on the situation. The school also escalated security measures and bolstered the police presence on their campus.

Wider Impact and Police Reassurances

The same hoax email reached schools in Cheshire and Liverpool, heightening concerns across regions. Detectives are actively working to identify the person responsible for these malicious emails. Authorities have reassured parents and the public that this threat is believed to be malicious in nature, and no immediate danger is posed to those on school premises.

Continuing Vigilance

While schools were not advised to close, police officers have intensified their high-visibility presence around schools to provide ongoing reassurance. Authorities from Cheshire Police, Greater Manchester Police, and other relevant agencies are collaborating closely to address the situation.

Awaiting Further Information

Parents and students are now awaiting official updates from school authorities and law enforcement agencies regarding plans for tomorrow’s school day. The situation underscores the importance of swift and coordinated responses to safeguard the well-being of students and school communities.

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