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Lanarkshire Schools Received Phone Threats


24/05/16




























Council chiefs confirmed that three primary schools across Lanarkshire received phone threats, Tuesday 24th May.

Carluke Primary, East Kilbride’s Canberra Primary and Airdrie’s Dunrobin Primary were all affected.

South Lanarkshire Council said both Carluke and Canberra Primaries were evacuated.

In neighbouring North Lanarkshire, the council confirmed that staff and pupils at Dunrobin Primary are back in the building after the incident.


Schools across Scotland - from Dumfries and Galloway, across the central belt and up to Perth - were affected.

Similar hoax calls have been made to schools in England and Northern Ireland in recent days.

Police said "significant inquiries" into the threats were under way.


A spokesperson for South Lanarkshire Council said: “As you would expect, all such situations are treated seriously until proven otherwise. We are contacting all parents/guardians of those schools affected.

“Currently Carluke Primary School has been evacuated to High Mill Primary School as a precautionary measure. And at Canberra Primary School, pupils have been evacuated to Mossneuk Primary School, again as a precautionary measure. Police Scotland and Fire and Rescue Scotland are in attendance at both schools. We are aware of a similar event in England yesterday which passed off without incident. Arrangements are currently being put in place for lunchtime and we hope to return pupils back to school as soon as possible.

“Investigations are ongoing but it is hoped that everything will be back to normal as soon as possible. Updates will be posted on our website and also on Twitter @SouthLanCouncil.”


A North Lanarkshire Council spokesman said: "Staff received a telephone call claiming there was an explosive device within the building and pupils were taken to the nearby community centre. Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Police Scotland were quickly on the scene and carried out a site safety inspection. They gave the all-clear for staff and pupils to return to the building just after 10.30am."


Meanwhile, Police Scotland have issued the following statement: “A number of schools across the central belt have received a threat via the telephone. Police Scotland would like to reassure the public that at present these do not appear to be credible threats, however they are being taken seriously.

“Staff and police are working with local authorities and are currently searching school buildings. Some schools as a precautionary measure, have been evacuated. Significant enquiries are underway.”


A spokesman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: “We have crews assisting the police at a number of incidents. Their work includes helping to safely evacuate the buildings and setting-up cordons to ensure the safety of the public. There has been no sign of fire but our crews will remain at each of the scenes for as long as they are needed.”


Perth High School was also targeted by a call but was not evacuated on police advice.

Police also confirmed that Dumfries High School had also received a threat.

Dumfries and Galloway Council said the school had "robust procedures in place to assess risk. Police Scotland was informed immediately and attended the school, a statement said.


"Police Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway Council's education service have been aware of such threats as an emerging issue across the UK in recent weeks. There is nothing to indicate that this was a substantive threat and it was, therefore, important not to unnecessarily disrupt pupils' learning and teaching. Obviously, this matter will involve a significant investigation by Police Scotland."