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BREAKING: Schools across Ireland evacuated amid bomb threats

NewsBy Jamie McDowell
Bloomfeild Primary School, Bangor, was one of the schools evacuated
Bloomfeild Primary School, Bangor, was one of the schools evacuated

Several schools across Ireland have been evacuated following telephone warnings.

So far Scoil Colmcille in Donaghmede, Dublin, Bloomfield Primary School in Bangor, Linn Primary School in Larne and Leadhill Primary School in Castlereagh have been affected with another school in Limerick and one in Midleton reportedly being evacuated.

Reports state Ballysally Primary School in Coleraine has also been affected. 

A Garda spokesperson said that a threat phoned in to a school in Coolock this morning was a false report.

A spokesman for the Garda press office said: "Gardaí in Coolock attended the scene of an incident at a school on Newbrook Rd, Coolock at 10.45am today.

"It proved to be a false report. Gardaí in Coolock will now carry out an investigation into the incident."

Temporary Chief Superintendent Simon Walls of the Northern Irish police force said: “PSNI are investigating a series of malicious communications to schools across Northern Ireland today.

"At this stage there is no information to suggest the incidents are terrorist-related, however enquiries continue to establish the facts.

"We will liaise with other UK Police services who have received similar calls, to investigate who is responsible and whether these incidents are linked.

"Anyone with information should contact police on the non-emergency number 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

It is understood that threats were also called in to schools in Scotland yesterday, with the Scottish police describing the calls as "not credible".

A spokesman for the Garda press office said: "Gardaí in Coolock attended the scene of an incident at a school on Newbrook Rd, Coolock at 10.45am today.

"It proved to be a false report. Gardaí in Coolock will now carry out an investigation into the incident."

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Northern Ireland Education Authority issued a statement saying: “The Education Authority has been made aware of malicious communications to a number of schools today. Schools have in place policies and procedures for dealing with such incidents. They have been working closely with their local PSNI Officers and taking the relevant precautionary measures to ensure the safety of all children.”

DUP MLA for North Down, Peter Weir, said that today's events were traumatising for children who were evacuated.

He said: “The police suspicions are that this is a series of phone calls across not just Northern Ireland, but the whole of the UK.

“I think it’s a fairly sick mind when you’re talking about disturbing and frightening children who are having to be evacuated from their school at short notice.

“That’s something that can be quite traumatising for children."