Teenager released after questioning over bomb scare at Sheffield school

A teenage boy has been released from police custody after he was arrested over a bomb scare at a Sheffield school.

Tuesday, 19th December 2017, 9:42 am
Updated Tuesday, 19th December 2017, 9:45 am
Police officers searched Birley Academy yesterday after a bomb scare

The 15-year-old was arrested on suspicion of malicious communications following an incident at Birley Academy, Birley, yesterday morning.

A suggestion that a bomb had been planted at the school was made, leading to its evacuation and a full police search of the building and its grounds.

No device was found and the school re-opened this morning.

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A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: "The teenager has been released under investigation while enquiries continue."

Yesterday, Chief Superintendent Natalie Shaw, of South Yorkshire Police, said: "Hoax calls are malicious and irresponsible, they can cause a considerable deal of distress.

"Anyone found to have committed this offence could face a prison sentence."