A bomb threat has been emailed to six schools across Hertfordshire and forced one to be evacuated.
The threat was sent to secondary schools in St Albans, Hemel Hempstead, Hertford, Watford and Stevenage this morning (March 19).
The Valley School in Stevenage made the decision to evacuate after receiving the bomb threat.
The email reportedly threatens to blow up the schools if they do not receive a ransom of $5,000USD within three hours.
Hertfordshire Police do not believe the bomb threat to be a “credible” one and it is believed to have originated from the United States of America.
The bomb threat
The Mirror reports that the email threat is written in both English and Arabic.
According to the Mirror, the threat says: “This is a message to everyone. We have sent in a student with a bomb. The bomb is set to go off in 3 hours time. If you do sent $5,000 USD to email@example.com
'If you do not send the money! We will blow up the device. Our site has all the information needed.
'If you try to call the cops we WILL blowup the device on the SPOT! ANY attempt at defusing it your self will cause it to explode.'
It is then followed by Arabic writing.
Herts police have confirmed that The Valley School decided to evacuate after receiving the bomb threat.
A spokeswoman for the force said: “We did not advise any schools ourselves to evacuate but The Valley School in Stevenage made the decision to evacuate and we sent officers to assist them.”
Not 'credible' threat
Herts police do not believe the bomb threats to be “credible” but are investigating the incident.
In an earlier statement, a force spokeswoman said: “Today (Monday, March 19) we are responding to reports of bomb threats at six schools in Hertfordshire.
“We’d like to reassure local communities that officers are in contact with the schools involved and at this stage there is no evidence to suggest these threats are credible.
“The schools are Abbots Hill in Hemel Hempstead, Valley School in Stevenage, The Sele School in Hertford, Duncombe School in Hertford, Stanborough School in Watford and St Albans High School.
“A number of schools in other parts of the country have made similar reports to their local police forces.
“We take incidents of this nature extremely seriously and an investigation is underway. Anyone with information that may assist the investigation is asked to contact Hertfordshire Constabulary via the non-emergency number 101, quoting ISR 172 of March 19 or report information online at herts.police.uk/report.
“Alternatively, you can contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
“No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will never need to go to court.”