Bomb scare at Chichester school

A suspected bomb threat at a Chichester primary school led to pupils being evacuated today.

Monday, 23rd May 2016, 2:49 pm
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 12:47 am
Kingsham Primary School was evacuated this morning after the bomb scare. Photo by Eddie Mitchell.

Police officers responded to the incident at Kingsham Primary School in Hay Road after a call shortly after 10am this morning.

The school was evacuated and searched, with staff and children being allowed back into the school around noon, according to police.

Similar bomb scares have been widely reported across the country.

Bomb alerts in Hampshire led to two other schools being evacuated after calls also just after 10am this morning. Calls regarding Whiteley Primary School and a school in Emsworth were both hoaxes, Hampshire Constabulary have confirmed.

One incident in Cambridge led to 240 pupils being evacuated in the middle of an exam for GCSE English, according to reports.

Commenting on the bomb scare at Kingsham Primary School, Detective Superintendent Nick May of Sussex Police said: “The call was received by the school and shows similarities to a number of calls that were received at other schools in the UK back in January.

“These remain under investigation as malicious hoaxes and are not believed to be terrorist-related, but we dealt with this latest incident as a viable threat until we satisfied ourselves otherwise.”

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