Police searched Sheffield school for explosive 'device' after bomb threat

Officers were forced to search a Sheffield school for an explosive device this morning after receiving a bomb threat.

Monday, 18th December 2017, 1:35 pm
Updated Monday, 18th December 2017, 1:40 pm
Birley Academy

Police were called to Birley Academy at around 9.40am before all the pupils were escorted out by officers in small groups.

Following a 'prolonged' search of the school, police said they could not locate any device.

Chief Superintendent Natalie Shaw said: “After a prolonged search of Birley Academy a device has not been found. Enquiries are ongoing to identify the caller.

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"Hoax calls are malicious and irresponsible and anyone found to have made a hoax call could face a prison sentence.”

The school informed parents at around 11am via text that there had been an 'incident'; adding that the building had been evacuated.

Parents were first told to collect their children from Birley Lane main entrance before sending a further text out asking them to pick them up at Birley Primary Site Thornbridge Avenue.

Headteacher Gina Newton said: “Following notification of a bomb threat at Birley Academy this morning, we immediately implemented our robust and effective evacuation procedure.

"In line with our school continuity plan and through constant liaison with the police, we took the necessary planned steps to ensure student and staff safety at all times.

"We would like to thank everyone for ensuring our safeguarding practices were followed throughout.”

Worried parents rushed to the school and described a scene of 'chaos', with many unable to get in touch with their children or finding they had already returned home.