Making a hoax bomb threat is a criminal offence under Section 51 of the Criminal Law Act 1977 and Section 1 of the Malicious Communications Act.

We treat reports very seriously and will always work to bring malicious callers before the courts.

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Our school has received a bomb hoax
There is a bomb hoax at your school and you want to know what to do
My child’s school has been evacuated
You are parent or guardian of a child whose school has been evacuated due to a bomb hoax
My child’s school has been closed
You are parent or guardian of a child whose school has been closed due to a bomb hoax
I have information about a hoaxer
You have information about someone who has made a bomb hoax

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What will the police do?
You want to know what the police will do if there is bomb hoax
Will the police search the building?
You want to know more about how the building will be searched to make sure it is safe
How long does it take to deal with a hoax?
You want to know how long it will take for the authorities to deal with the threat
Should we evacuate the school?
There has been a bomb threat and you want to know if you should evacuate the premises
What should we do if we close the school?
There has been a bomb threat and you want to know what to consider if you close the school
What should we do if we evacuate?
You want advice on what to do if you choose to evacuate the premises

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