Bomb threat sparks evacuation of Fen Ditton Primary School in Cambridge

Pupils and staff were evacuated from Fen Ditton Primary School this morning (Wednesday, May 24) after a bomb threat.

Police confirmed that they attended the scene, and all staff and students were safe and accounted for.

Police at Fen Ditton Primary School. Picture: Keith Heppell

A spokesperson for Cambridgeshire Constabulary said: “We were called at 10.03am today (24 May) with reports of a bomb threat at a school in Fen Ditton.

“Police are at the scene where pupils and staff had already evacuated.”

Later in the afternoon, a police spokesperson confirmed that pupils and staff were able to return to their classrooms, adding: “The investigation has concluded and those responsible will be spoken to by officers.”

Mark Askew, headteacher at Fen Ditton Community Primary School, talks to police following the bomb threat. Picture: Keith Heppell

Mark Askew, headteacher at Fen Ditton Community Primary School said: “At 10am this morning, we were alerted to a bomb threat made by phone call to the school. Following advice from Cambridgeshire police, staff and pupils were immediately evacuated and safely relocated to our fellow Anglian Learning school, Marleigh Primary Academy.

“Cambridgeshire police have since investigated the phone call and confirmed that it is no longer considered a live threat, which means we may safely return to the school this afternoon. We are incredibly proud of the behaviour of our school community today and want to thank our families, Cambridgeshire Police, and Anglian Learning and Marleigh Primary Academy colleagues for their support.”

Fen Ditton Primary School was evacuated. Picture: Keith Heppell

Jonathan Culpin, CEO of Anglian Learning said: “Keeping our pupils and colleagues safe is our highest priority at Anglian Learning and I am incredibly proud to see that our evacuation procedures were carried out with efficiency and quality today to safeguard those in our care.

Police at Fen Ditton Primary School. Picture: Keith Heppell

“The conduct and understanding of everyone involved was excellent and we could not be prouder of the diligence and behaviour of our colleagues and pupils throughout the evacuation.”

Cambridge Education Gemma Gardner

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