Over one hundred schools in County Durham were emailed a hoax terror threat on Wednesday (28th March) causing widespread panic among parents.
A police spokesperson said: “We have received a number of calls from schools in our region reporting that they have been sent threatening emails.
“Police forces across the country are also believed to have reported similar incidents.
“The emails inform the school that they will be targeted in an attack later today.”
Chief Inspector Catherine Clarke, from Durham Constabulary added: “We can confirm that at this time we believe none of the threats received by schools to date are considered to be credible.
If any further threats are received they should be reported immediately to police.
“In the absence of any further threats being received, schools do not need to take any further action.
“If any further threats are received they should be reported immediately to police.
“We are in contact with the schools in our area to give guidance and reassurance.
“More than 100 schools in the North-East region have received the emails and we are working with neighbouring forces to establish the facts and investigate who is responsible.
“Anyone with any information that could assist police should contact Durham Constabulary on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
It is not known which schools received the message, but local schools across south west Durham allowed worried parents to take children home early.
Schools in Cornwall, Devon and Cambridgeshire also received the same threat.