School to reopen after two hoax bomb threats

A police sniffer dogs helps in the search at Ashley Hill School following a  a second bomb threat

A police sniffer dogs helps in the search at Ashley Hill School following a a second bomb threat

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This was the scene as a police sniffer dog was brought in following a second bomb threat at Ashley Hill school in Onchan.

The school will open tomorrow (Tuesday) as normal following two hoax bomb threats last week.

Police investigate a second bomb hoax at Ashley Hill School

Police investigate a second bomb hoax at Ashley Hill School

On Tuesday some 265 children and staff were evacuated to Onchan Community Centre as a precautionary measure after a threat was received by phone.

Pupils were picked up by their parents at lunchtime and a search of the school and its grounds by police found nothing suspicious.

Then on Friday, 252 pupils were evacuated to Onchan School, and parents and guardians were asked to collect their children from the car park where they were met by school staff and police officers.

Following a thorough search of the premises, Ashley Hill was given the all-clear. Staff were at the school until 7.30pm that evening so that parents could come in to collect their children’s belongings.

Schools across the UK have been forced to close in recent days after a series of similar anonymous bomb threats made via automated phone message.

In a joint statement, police and the Department of Education and Children said: ‘The public should be advised that schools and the police will continue to treat all such alerts very seriously, making the safety of the children, staff and members of the public their first priority.

‘Police will carry out a thorough investigation of Friday’s incident and the one that took place earlier this week. School will re open, as normal, on Tuesday.

‘The Constabulary would like to thank the children and staff and those involved in the evacuation of Ashley Hill School. We are in dialogue with the Department of Education in respect of the incident.

‘Investigations continue into the incident and the Constabulary would like to reassure members of the public that they will continue in their efforts to bring those responsible to justice.’

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