School evacuated after receiving bomb threat

A London secondary school was evacuated earlier after receiving a bomb threat.

Pupils were taken out of Stoke Newington School in Clissold Road at around midday today.

The school was then closed for the afternoon while police checked the premises.

In an update at 3pm. Met Police officers said they had carried out a ‘thorough’ search of the school and found nothing suspicious.

They added: ‘Cordons have been lifted and staff have been allowed to return. There have been no arrests and enquiries continue. Thank you for your patience.

Passers-by shared pictures and video on social media of the pupils being led out of the building. Several police cars were also in attendance and the road had been cordoned off.

Earlier, a Met Police statement said: ‘At 11:55hrs on Thursday, 10 December, police were contacted by staff at a school in Clissold Road, Stoke Newington #Hackney.

‘The school had received a bomb threat. The school was evacuated and officers are in attendance. Cordon are in place whilst police investigate.’

A nearby leisure centre was also shut as a precaution and people were being told to avoid the area.

A Hackney Council statement said: ‘Stoke Newington School is closing early today following an incident.

‘Staff and students have been evacuated, and the police are completing checks of the building.

‘Clissold Road and Clissold Leisure Centre are also closed. Please avoid the area while the closure is in place.’

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