“Malicious” threat closes school

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A HOAX bomb threat has closed a primary school in Harrogate.

Rossett Acre Primary school was evacuated shortly before lunch after an email threat was received.

Police have said that it was a “malicious hoax”, adding that there is no threat to pupils or staff.

A spokesman for the Met Police said it was investigating, adding that a number of schools have received the same threat and that there was no “physical threat” at the school.

Pupils were evacuated to the playing fields at Rossett High School and parents were asked to collect their children.

A statement released by North Yorkshire County Council said: “Rossett Acre Primary School in Harrogate was closed today following the receipt of an email message warning of an explosive device on the premises.

“Investigations have established that the message was a malicious hoax. The school will reopen as usual tomorrow morning.”

North Yorkshire Police said: “North Yorkshire Police has fully assessed the situation and there is no threat to pupils and staff at the school.

“If anyone has received such communication they should contact the police at the earliest opportunity.”