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Teenager arrested after threatening hoax emails sent to Norfolk schools

PUBLISHED: 06:25 29 March 2018 | UPDATED: 06:25 29 March 2018

A teenager has been arrested in Hertfordshire after the emails were sent to schools. Picture: Archant

A teenager has been arrested in Hertfordshire after the emails were sent to schools. Picture: Archant

A teenager has been arrested after schools and colleges across the UK, including in Norfolk and Suffolk, received threatening emails.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) said it was believed the incident on Wednesday was linked to a hoax bomb threat that closed hundreds of schools last week.

An 18-year-old man was arrested by Hertfordshire Police and the NCA in Abbots Langley on Wednesday night on suspicion of making malicious communications.

A spokesman for the NCA said: “We understand these threats have caused considerable concern but we do not assess there to be an increased risk to the public.”

A 19-year-old man was arrested in Watford last Wednesday on suspicion of blackmail and making malicious communications after the mass bomb hoax.

Norfolk police confirmed on Wednesday that they had received 16 reports of “malicious hoax communications” being made to schools.

They said: “Officers take hoaxes extremely seriously. They divert police resources and cause disruption and alarm to the public.”

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