A bomb scare saw pupils being evacuated from an East Kilbride primary school this morning. Police and fire services rushed to a number of schools across Central Scotland after receiving a threatening telephone call.
Canberra Primary was amongst those evacuated with pupils taken to nearby Mossneuk Primary.
Surrounding streets were also cordoned off and residents told to stay indoors – although police say the bomb threat was not being treated as “credible” and pupils returned to the building shortly after 1.30pm.
Concerned parents were unable to get anywhere near their children’s school with a cordon in place around the building.
And both Westwood Road and Belmont Dive were amongst those sealed off as a precautionary measure.
South Lanarkshire Council confirmed on Twitter that Canberra Primary had been evacuated.
However, rumours soon began circulating that other schools in East Kilbride had been caught up in the scare including Murray Primary and Heathery Knowe Primary but South Lanarkshire council insisted this wasn’t the case.
Scotland’s Assistant Chief Constable Steve Johnson said: “A number of schools across the central belt received a threat via the telephone. Police Scotland would like to reassure the public that at present these do not appear to be credible threats; however they are being taken seriously.
“Staff and police are worked with local authorities and are searched school buildings. Some schools as a precautionary measure, were evacuated. Significant enquiries are underway.”
A statement on South Lanarkshire Council’s website read: “It appears that a number of schools across Scotland have received bomb threats this morning.
“As you would expect, all such situations are treated seriously until proven otherwise. We are contacting all parents/guardians of those schools affected.
“We are aware of a similar event in England yesterday which passed off without incident.
“Arrangements are currently being put in place for lunchtime and we hope to return pupils back to school as soon as possible.”
A spokesman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said fire crews also helping set up cordons and ensure public safety.
Original Source – Daily Record.