Hundreds of United Kingdom schools receive emailed bomb threat, causing dozens to evacuate

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The schools received an email threatening an explosive had been placed on their grounds and would be detonated if a cash payment was not received.

Nationwide, hundreds were on alert and some evacuated their buildings, telling parents to collect their children after receiving messages containing what police described as a "bomb hoax".

Though police forces throughout the United Kingdom said that there were no credible threats included in the emails, around 400 schools were nonetheless evacuated as a precaution.

Police said nothing suspicious was found and they believe the threat was a hoax.

He added: "I'm pleased to say the children were incredibly sensible walking to and from the school and drew lots of compliments from the staff at La Sainte Union". The bomb is set to go off in three hours.

"We have contacted our schools to advise that we are actively liaising with Bedfordshire Police, who have indicated that they regard the communication as malicious rather than terrorist-related".

Several schools in Sheffield received hoax emails but the council did not disclose how many. The decision was taken to evacuate the school as a precaution.

"Police take hoaxes extremely seriously". Our site has all the information needed.

"If you do not send money we will blow up the device". The VeltPvP Twitter account responded to the emails. "We've been being harassed by a group of cybercriminals [who] are trying to harass us in anyway possible".

Sky News also reported that the emails were spoofed so that it would appear as though they were coming from a Minecraft server called VeltPvP, a player-versus-player server. "Apparently not just us".

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