18-year-old arrested over 'threatening emails' sent to Hertfordshire schools

PUBLISHED: 09:36 29 March 2018

Police have arrested someone after malicious emails were sent to schools in Herfordshire. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Police have arrested someone after malicious emails were sent to schools in Herfordshire. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

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Police have arrested an 18-year-old after "malicious" emails were sent to schools in Hertfordshire.

A police spokeswoman said: “On the evening of Wednesday. March 28, NCA and Hertfordshire Police officers arrested an 18-year-old man in the Abbots Langley area on suspicion of making malicious communications relating to the threatening emails received earlier today by a large number of schools and colleges throughout the UK.

“We understand these threats have caused considerable concern but we do not assess there to be an increased risk to the public.

“We believe this incident is linked to the hoax bomb threat that closed hundreds of UK schools last week.”

Asked yesterday (March 28) whether reports that the email contained threats to “run over and shoot” pupils were accurate, a police spokeswoman declined to disclose the content.

She also declined to reveal which schools were involved, or whether patrols had been increased at the affected schools – citing “operational reasons”.

“As this is a live investigation we are unable to comment further,” the police spokeswoman added this morning.

Updates to follow.

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