Man arrested in relation to mystery threat to primary school

Naomi Long praised the school's staff for their swift handling of the situation
Naomi Long praised the school's staff for their swift handling of the situation

A man, 33, has been arrested in connection with “malicious telecommunications” after a primary school was threatened.

The police provided little information over the nature of the message, except to say it was a “malicious telecommunication” which was “was of a threatening nature”.

It had been reported to them on Wednesday, and this evening the PSNI announced that both it and An Garda Siochana are trying to trace the whereabouts of the individual behind it.

At around 10.30pm, the PSNI said that the man was apprehended in Belfast.

An earlier statement had said: “Police have deployed additional officers to the local community to keep people safe and to provide visible reassurance.”

Alliance MP Naomi Long said the school concerned is Elmgrove Primary, that the threat was in the form of an e-mail and that it had been received on Thursday, rather than Wednesday.

She said: “I have spoken to the police and have been reassured they are fully investigating a definite line of enquiry.

“I want to praise them for putting extra police around the school, and extend that commendation to the Belfast Education and Library Board and school staff, who took decisive action in handling this situation.

“Elmgrove’s closure is only a precaution but it was a wise one to take.

“The receiving of this malicious communication is deeply concerning and brings nothing but stress and disruption to the children of the school, as well as local residents.

“I would urge anyone with information about this incident to contact police regarding it immediately.”