Police calm social media fears over Sheffield bomb threat

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Police have calmed fears over rumours circulating on social media of terror threats in Sheffield over the Christmas period.

South Yorkshire Police have spoken following a bomb hoax at a school in the city on Monday November 23 and say there is nothing to suggest any threats to the area.

Hundreds of pupils at Fir Vale School, in Fir Vale, were evacuated after information was received about a threat to a nearby building.

Officers were called to the Fir Vale area of Sheffield following reports an unknown person had called in a bomb threat to one of the local schools.

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said: “We are aware of messages circulating on social media about a rumoured terror threat on Boxing Day and on Black Friday November 27.

This type of message has circulated on social media in previous years on the run up to Christmas.

We have no specific Intelligence to suggest there is any threat on Boxing Day or on Black Friday, and businesses should provide their own security if they feel it’s necessary.

This week we are supporting national Counter Terrorism Awareness Week, reminding the public that you have a key role in helping to prevent and protect the UK from the threat of terrorism.

Recent events in Paris have brought into sharp focus the type and scale of threat posed by international terrorism, and the relationship between the police and the public needs to be stronger than ever before to counter this threat.”

People are asked to remain vigilant, and to report anything that could be terrorist-related to specialist officers via the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.