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More Pupils Evacuated


31/05/16


Seven schools in Glasgow, North Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and West Dunbartonshire were targeted on Tuesday by an automated phone message claiming explosives were inside.

Most of the schools were evacuated as a result following advice from police and fire crews who set up cordons as a precaution.


St Stephen's Primary, Linnvale Primary and St Eunan's Primary in Clydebank were all evacuated as well as Calderhead High in Shotts.

Taylor High in Motherwell was also targeted but the pupils remained inside after talks between staff and emergency services.

Then on Tuesday afternoon Langfaulds Primary in Glasgow's Drumchapel area and Auchinleck Academy in Ayrshire also received a threat.


Police said they have launched an investigation to trace those responsible for the hoaxes but believe they are not "terrorist-related".

It comes one week after 13 primary and secondary schools across Scotland were hit by "malicious" hoax bomb threats.

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: "Police Scotland is investigating a series of malicious hoax threats made to five schools across the west of Scotland on Tuesday.

"There is no information to suggest these threats were terrorist related. Police Scotland is working with other forces to investigate who is responsible and whether the incidents are linked to others in the UK.

"We take hoaxes extremely seriously. They divert police resources and cause disruption and alarm to the public.

"Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101. In an emergency always call 999."


A North Lanarkshire Council spokesman said: "Staff at Calderhead High School and Taylor High School received a telephone call this morning claiming there was an explosive device within the school building. Calderhead High School was evacuated while staff liaised with Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Police Scotland to assess the situation.

"Pupils and staff are now back in the school building."


North Lanarkshire Council education convener Frank McNally said: "School and council staff acted in a swift and professional manner throughout to ensure the safety of the children and all others within both schools. These hoaxes were designed to cause as much fear, panic and uncertainty as possible."

"I know Police Scotland are actively investigating and hope those responsible are apprehended as quickly as possible."


A spokeswoman for West Dunbartonshire Council said: "Police and fire services attended at three of our schools earlier today in response to malicious calls.

"Precautionary measures were taken to ensure the safety of our children and following the removal of the police cordon, all pupils were settled back into the buildings."