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Bomb threats: Hoaxes continue into fourth week as seven schools targeted

Dudley | News | Published:

Seven West Midlands schools have received bomb threats this morning, with one taking the decision to not evacuate pupils.

The schools received the hoax phone calls shortly after 8am this morning.

While the majority of the schools affected took the decision to evacuate or delay the start of the school day, following a decision last week and after checks of the school, Oldbury Academy took the decision to not evacuate after West Midlands Police declared the threat to not be 'credible'.

  • Leasowes High School in Dudley
  • Holly Lodge Foundation High in Sandwell
  • Oldbury Academy in Sandwell
  • Perryfields High Schools in Sandwell
  • Edgbaston High School for Girls in Birmingham
  • King David School in Birmingham
  • Kind Edward's Schools in Birmingham

The school has been evacuated four times during the past three weeks. Acting headteacher Philip Shackleton said he will now only close his school if there is reason to believe the students and staff are in danger.

He said this was the best way to both ensure everyone was safe and minimise the disruption to lessons.

Following the threats all schools were assessed by West Midlands Police, and they confirmed that there were no credible threats and that they were linked to other hoax calls made on January 19, 26 and 28 and February 1.

Anyone with information should call the police on 101.

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