Second Herts Teen Arrested Over School Bomb Hoax Emails

29 March 2018, 08:12

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The 18-year-old was held in Abbots Langley yesterday/Weds evening by officers from the National Crime Agency and Herts police.

Another teenager from Hertfordshire has been arrested after a large number of schools and colleges across the country received threatening emails for the second time in a fortnight.

The 18-year-old was held in Abbots Langley yesterday/Weds evening by officers from the National Crime Agency and Herts police.

The arrest is being linked to the bomb hoaxes that closed hundreds of schools all over England on Monday of last week.

The National Crime Agency said: "On the evening of Wednesday 28 March, NCA and Hertfordshire Police officers arrested an 18-year-old man in the Abbots Langley area on suspicion of making malicious communications relating to the threatening emails received earlier today by a large number of schools and colleges throughout the UK.

"We understand these threats have caused considerable concern, but we do not assess there to be an increased risk to the public.

"We believe this incident is linked to the hoax bomb threat that closed hundreds of UK schools last week.

"As this is a live investigation we are unable to comment further."

400 schools were shut last week after receiving threatening emails; 7 schools received the emails in Hertfordshire and several in Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire.

 A 19 year old man from Watford was arrested last week on suspicion of blackmail and making malicious communications.