Police make arrest after Leeds schools put on lockdown following email ‘threat’ of violence against children and staff

14 September 2023, 15:42 | Updated: 14 September 2023, 18:30

Some schools in Leeds have been put on lockdown
Some schools in Leeds have been put on lockdown. Picture: Alamy

By Asher McShane

Police have made an arrest after an email "threatening violence to children and staff" was sent to a number of schools in Leeds.

Listen to this article

Loading audio...

West Yorkshire Police say they're providing reassurance and safety advice to those affected after worried parents were sent a troubling email.

Police are said to be treating the threat as "credible”, and pupils are being kept indoors - with gates locked, and windows and doors closed.

Officers have since made an arrest in connection with the matter.

Some parents were informed that the schools are operating a ‘soft invacuation’ - keeping pupils inside all day.

Schools in Hunslett Carr and Rothwell have received the warning.

Read more: School put child in isolation for wearing uniform from supermarket and not from the official supplier

Read more: Move to turn off cameras in the expanded Ulez today being heard at High Court

One primary school told parents to be ‘vigilant,’ saying: “Following information from police about a credible threat to all schools in Leeds, Sharp Lane Primary School has implemented a 'soft invacuation' procedure.

“This means that all children will be kept indoors for the full day. All gates remain closed and locked as usual and doors and windows within school will remain closed all day.

“We have no further information regarding the threat at this time but please be reassured that Sharp Lane Primary School has not received a direct threat, and the children and staff are safe.

“Please can we ask you to be vigilant when picking up your children at the end of the day.”

Police said in a statement: "Police are aware of an email which has been sent to a number of schools in Leeds and Bradford today.

"The contents of the email are being investigated by police and officers are providing reassurance and safety advice to affected schools.

"Contrary to some reports the force has not issued guidance to schools to ‘lockdown’ and has not stated the threats are credible.

"Officers have commenced an investigation into a potential malicious communications offence and have now made an arrest in connection with the matter.

"We are aware that schools in other parts of country have received similar malicious emails in recent days."

A Leeds City Council spokesman said: “We are aware of an ongoing situation relating to threats made towards a number of schools in Leeds and we are working closely with West Yorkshire Police to monitor the situation and provide support to schools.”

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

Rishi Sunak has announced an extra £25 million in funding to stop the boats.

Sunak announces £25m extra funding to tackle people smuggling gangs ahead of migration talks with Austrian Chancellor

A woman in her 50s was mauled to death in her own home in east London.

Woman mauled to death in XL Bully attack at east London home as police seize two dogs

Turkey Erdogan Eurovision

Turkey’s leader claims Eurovision Song Contest is a threat to family values

Labour's Diana Johnson has told LBC the department of health was 'defending itself' during the infected blood scandal.

‘The department of health was institutionally defending itself’, Labour MP tells LBC after infected blood scandal report

Iran Ebrahim Raisi

Iran’s president and foreign minister die in helicopter crash

Exclusive
Julian Assange's wife calls for extradition case against WikiLeaks founder to be abandoned by US after High Court win

Julian Assange's wife calls for extradition case against WikiLeaks founder to be abandoned by US after High Court win

France Cannes 2024 The Apprentice Red Carpet

The Apprentice, about a young Donald Trump, premieres in Cannes

A 'heat dome' is forecast to hit over the half-term.

UK to enjoy 800-mile ‘heat dome’ with temperatures of up to 25C in parts of country over half term

King Charles and Queen Camilla in attendance of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

King Charles and Queen Camilla greet crowds at Chelsea Flower Show as they visit garden designed by children

Haiti Airport

Haiti’s main airport reopens nearly three months after violence forced it closed

Israel Palestinians

International Criminal Court seeks arrest warrants for Israeli and Hamas leaders

Hardline 'Butcher of Tehran' Ebrahim Raisi's death opens door for escalating Iran-West confrontation

Hardline 'Butcher of Tehran' Ebrahim Raisi's death opens door for escalating Iran-West confrontation

Why everyone in their twenties seems to be running - and why I’m one of them

Why everyone in their twenties seems to be running - and why I’m one of them

Rishi Sunak has apologised for the infected blood scandal.

'This is a day of shame': Rishi Sunak apologises ‘wholeheartedly’ for infected blood scandal after 'chilling' report

Kate Roughley, 37, strapped the Genevieve Meehan face down on to a bean bag

Parents will 'never forgive' nursery worker who killed daughter by strapping her face down and ignoring cries

Children were used as "objects for research" the final report of the Infected Blood Inquiry has found.

The school where dozens died: Only 30 of 122 boys at Treloar College are alive after experiments with infected blood