Southampton school evacuated after bomb threat

Southampton school in lockdown during 'emergency procedure'

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Regents Park Community College in Southampton has been evacuated after receiving a bomb threat this morning. Police are conducting a search after being called in at 8.23am.

Parents have been informed about the investigation and students have been sent home. One mother of a girl who attends the school said: “I can’t believe it, I dropped my daughter off this morning and now the whole thing is on lockdown because of what’s being called a suspicious package.”

“I didn’t know anything about it, another mum had to tell me but the children are now on the basketball court across the road, apparently safe.”

“They’ve told us not to worry, but that’s easier said than done isn’t it when a suspicious package is reported at a school.”

A  statement by Hampshire Constabulary says: “We received a call at 8.23am today regarding a bomb threat made to Regents Park Community College in Southampton.”

“The school has been evacuated and officers are currently at the scene to conduct a search of the premises.”

A message on the school’s website reads: “Please do not be alarmed, the school is carrying out an emergency procedure.”

“The children are safe and the school will keep you updated.”

Headmaster at Regents Park Community College, Jonty Archibald, confirmed that the school was evacuated on the advice of the police.

Update:

An arrest has been made as part of the investigation, which police are treating as a hoax.

A Hampshire Police spokeswoman said: “Police were notified this morning after a bomb threat was made to Regents Park Community College, Southampton, by telephone.

“Police attended as part of the investigation and we are currently treating this as a hoax. Nothing suspicious has been found at the scene.”

“At this time, it is believed the threat was a malicious hoax and there is no direct risk to pupils, staff or the wider community.”

“Enquiries are ongoing.”

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

Originally posted 2017-10-05 11:28:39.