Metropolitan Police believe threats to Brockenhurst College and Eastleigh College linked to other incidents around UK

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TWO HAMPSHIRE colleges have been targeted in separate bomb scares today.

Students due to take A level exams faced nervous delays as they were evacuated while police rushed to Brockenhurst College and carried out an urgent search of the site.

Meanwhile, a search was also carried out at Eastleigh College after a similar email was received, claiming an explosive device had been planted on the campus.

Police believe both threats were part of a linked series of “malicious communications” aimed at education establishments around the country.

In a separate incident outside Brockenhurst College today, a female student reportedly on her way to sit an exam was hit by an ambulance on a 999 call. She was treated at the scene before being taken to Southampton General Hospital, although her injuries are not thought to be serious.

The alarm was raised after the emails were received at around 9am.

After a search of Brockenhurst College was carried out, the all-clear was given and staff and students have been allowed back on site, with exams getting underway at 10am.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police in London, which is co-ordinating the operation responding to the threats, said: “The Metropolitan Police Service is investigating a suspected linked series of malicious communications sent to a number of educational organisations around the UK.”

He refused to give further details about today’s incidents, or reveal which other schools or colleges have been targeted, although he said the threats have been ongoing around the country since April.

A spokeswoman for Brockenhurst College said the threat had been made early this morning, and the site was evacuated before most students had arrived for the day.

Staff and students arriving at the gates were kept outside for around 45 minutes before being allowed inside.

She said: “We had a hoax email this morning.

“Once the police were satisfied we all returned to the college and the exams started with a slight delay.”

Paul Hindson, marketing manager at Eastleigh College said the decision had been made with police not to evacuate the site.

He said: “We’ve undertaken a full search of the campus and college buildings and nothing was found.

“We have police on site, and in liaison with them we took the decision not to evacuate.

“It’s rare for these things to happen, but we have a systematic procedure and processes in place to deal with such things, so we’re well prepared and there was no disruption.”

It comes just two days after a bomb scare forced the evacuation of a Dorset school.

All-boys Poole Grammar School was cordoned off on Wednesday morning after a malicious email was sent claiming an incendiary device had been placed on campus.

A thorough search of the site was carried out, but nothing untoward was found.

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11:24am Fri 25 May 12

St Retford says...

Hmmm, a bomb scare during exam season, you say? I wonder what on earth might have happened there...
Hmmm, a bomb scare during exam season, you say? I wonder what on earth might have happened there... St Retford
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11:39am Fri 25 May 12

Goldenwight says...

St Retford wrote:
Hmmm, a bomb scare during exam season, you say? I wonder what on earth might have happened there...
There certainly was a case a couple of years ago where a US student sent a bomb hoax to avoid an exam and wound up in Prison, but this appears to be a little more sophisticated- with a number of colleges targetted, it is a lot harder to find the responsible party.
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: Hmmm, a bomb scare during exam season, you say? I wonder what on earth might have happened there...[/p][/quote]There certainly was a case a couple of years ago where a US student sent a bomb hoax to avoid an exam and wound up in Prison, but this appears to be a little more sophisticated- with a number of colleges targetted, it is a lot harder to find the responsible party. Goldenwight
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12:25pm Fri 25 May 12

Donald2000 says...

St Retford wrote:
Hmmm, a bomb scare during exam season, you say? I wonder what on earth might have happened there...
I think you are implying that some student with a wish not to do his or her examinations might have done this. Whereas commonsense would dictate that most normal students who did not wish to take an examination would just absent themselves. I think most people know that an examination would have to be done eventually, whether or not there is a security alert. I hope that's demolished your thoughtless argument.
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: Hmmm, a bomb scare during exam season, you say? I wonder what on earth might have happened there...[/p][/quote]I think you are implying that some student with a wish not to do his or her examinations might have done this. Whereas commonsense would dictate that most normal students who did not wish to take an examination would just absent themselves. I think most people know that an examination would have to be done eventually, whether or not there is a security alert. I hope that's demolished your thoughtless argument. Donald2000
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12:28pm Fri 25 May 12

Paramjit Bahia says...

Due to lots of nutters around these days security services have plenty to do already. Hope whoever has wasted their time, and disturbed educational institutions when their students could do with complete calm, is found out and dealt with PROPERLY.
Due to lots of nutters around these days security services have plenty to do already. Hope whoever has wasted their time, and disturbed educational institutions when their students could do with complete calm, is found out and dealt with PROPERLY. Paramjit Bahia
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1:09pm Fri 25 May 12

likewatchingbrazil says...

Donald2000 wrote:
St Retford wrote: Hmmm, a bomb scare during exam season, you say? I wonder what on earth might have happened there...
I think you are implying that some student with a wish not to do his or her examinations might have done this. Whereas commonsense would dictate that most normal students who did not wish to take an examination would just absent themselves. I think most people know that an examination would have to be done eventually, whether or not there is a security alert. I hope that's demolished your thoughtless argument.
i'm sure your pompous statement has demolished his thoughtless arguement. i quite liked it but then i have a sense of humour.
[quote][p][bold]Donald2000[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: Hmmm, a bomb scare during exam season, you say? I wonder what on earth might have happened there...[/p][/quote]I think you are implying that some student with a wish not to do his or her examinations might have done this. Whereas commonsense would dictate that most normal students who did not wish to take an examination would just absent themselves. I think most people know that an examination would have to be done eventually, whether or not there is a security alert. I hope that's demolished your thoughtless argument.[/p][/quote]i'm sure your pompous statement has demolished his thoughtless arguement. i quite liked it but then i have a sense of humour. likewatchingbrazil
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1:10pm Fri 25 May 12

Chipster says...

Donald2000 wrote:
St Retford wrote:
Hmmm, a bomb scare during exam season, you say? I wonder what on earth might have happened there...
I think you are implying that some student with a wish not to do his or her examinations might have done this. Whereas commonsense would dictate that most normal students who did not wish to take an examination would just absent themselves. I think most people know that an examination would have to be done eventually, whether or not there is a security alert. I hope that's demolished your thoughtless argument.
Lighten up Donald Duck! His comments were made tongue in cheek. Jesus man, get a life as well as a sense of humour!
[quote][p][bold]Donald2000[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: Hmmm, a bomb scare during exam season, you say? I wonder what on earth might have happened there...[/p][/quote]I think you are implying that some student with a wish not to do his or her examinations might have done this. Whereas commonsense would dictate that most normal students who did not wish to take an examination would just absent themselves. I think most people know that an examination would have to be done eventually, whether or not there is a security alert. I hope that's demolished your thoughtless argument.[/p][/quote]Lighten up Donald Duck! His comments were made tongue in cheek. Jesus man, get a life as well as a sense of humour! Chipster
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2:16pm Fri 25 May 12

sass says...

Really Reeve, a (sic) ambulance? The irony of being Education Reporter.
Really Reeve, a (sic) ambulance? The irony of being Education Reporter. sass
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3:40pm Fri 25 May 12

Georgem says...

Donald2000 wrote:
St Retford wrote:
Hmmm, a bomb scare during exam season, you say? I wonder what on earth might have happened there...
I think you are implying that some student with a wish not to do his or her examinations might have done this. Whereas commonsense would dictate that most normal students who did not wish to take an examination would just absent themselves. I think most people know that an examination would have to be done eventually, whether or not there is a security alert. I hope that's demolished your thoughtless argument.
I don't know if you know this, but before an exam, it's traditional for some people to carry out a practice known as "preparation", which involves acquainting oneself with material pertaining to the exam in question. If this "preparation" has not been done prior to the exam, there lies an advantage in postponing the exam for a short while, to allow "preparation" to take place.
[quote][p][bold]Donald2000[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: Hmmm, a bomb scare during exam season, you say? I wonder what on earth might have happened there...[/p][/quote]I think you are implying that some student with a wish not to do his or her examinations might have done this. Whereas commonsense would dictate that most normal students who did not wish to take an examination would just absent themselves. I think most people know that an examination would have to be done eventually, whether or not there is a security alert. I hope that's demolished your thoughtless argument.[/p][/quote]I don't know if you know this, but before an exam, it's traditional for some people to carry out a practice known as "preparation", which involves acquainting oneself with material pertaining to the exam in question. If this "preparation" has not been done prior to the exam, there lies an advantage in postponing the exam for a short while, to allow "preparation" to take place. Georgem
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3:48pm Fri 25 May 12

bigal007 says...

when your faced with a ied its not funny guys i hope the get the person
when your faced with a ied its not funny guys i hope the get the person bigal007
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6:27pm Fri 25 May 12

Writers Cramp says...

sass wrote:
Really Reeve, a (sic) ambulance? The irony of being Education Reporter.
I think you'll find it's AN Ambulance. Besides which, if you were correct, how many hoops does AN article go through before you read it ? At least 3!
[quote][p][bold]sass[/bold] wrote: Really Reeve, a (sic) ambulance? The irony of being Education Reporter.[/p][/quote]I think you'll find it's AN Ambulance. Besides which, if you were correct, how many hoops does AN article go through before you read it ? At least 3! Writers Cramp
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6:57pm Fri 25 May 12

solomum says...

Georgem wrote:
Donald2000 wrote:
St Retford wrote:
Hmmm, a bomb scare during exam season, you say? I wonder what on earth might have happened there...
I think you are implying that some student with a wish not to do his or her examinations might have done this. Whereas commonsense would dictate that most normal students who did not wish to take an examination would just absent themselves. I think most people know that an examination would have to be done eventually, whether or not there is a security alert. I hope that's demolished your thoughtless argument.
I don't know if you know this, but before an exam, it's traditional for some people to carry out a practice known as "preparation", which involves acquainting oneself with material pertaining to the exam in question. If this "preparation" has not been done prior to the exam, there lies an advantage in postponing the exam for a short while, to allow "preparation" to take place.
That does not explain why several colleges were targeted though.
[quote][p][bold]Georgem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Donald2000[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: Hmmm, a bomb scare during exam season, you say? I wonder what on earth might have happened there...[/p][/quote]I think you are implying that some student with a wish not to do his or her examinations might have done this. Whereas commonsense would dictate that most normal students who did not wish to take an examination would just absent themselves. I think most people know that an examination would have to be done eventually, whether or not there is a security alert. I hope that's demolished your thoughtless argument.[/p][/quote]I don't know if you know this, but before an exam, it's traditional for some people to carry out a practice known as "preparation", which involves acquainting oneself with material pertaining to the exam in question. If this "preparation" has not been done prior to the exam, there lies an advantage in postponing the exam for a short while, to allow "preparation" to take place.[/p][/quote]That does not explain why several colleges were targeted though. solomum
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7:02pm Fri 25 May 12

Huffter says...

Obviously not somebody with enough intelligence to realise it's not the best idea in the world to e-mail a hoax!
Obviously not somebody with enough intelligence to realise it's not the best idea in the world to e-mail a hoax! Huffter
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7:36pm Fri 25 May 12

Georgem says...

Writers Cramp wrote:
sass wrote:
Really Reeve, a (sic) ambulance? The irony of being Education Reporter.
I think you'll find it's AN Ambulance. Besides which, if you were correct, how many hoops does AN article go through before you read it ? At least 3!
You missed the (sic) then?
[quote][p][bold]Writers Cramp[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sass[/bold] wrote: Really Reeve, a (sic) ambulance? The irony of being Education Reporter.[/p][/quote]I think you'll find it's AN Ambulance. Besides which, if you were correct, how many hoops does AN article go through before you read it ? At least 3![/p][/quote]You missed the (sic) then? Georgem
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7:37pm Fri 25 May 12

Georgem says...

solomum wrote:
Georgem wrote:
Donald2000 wrote:
St Retford wrote:
Hmmm, a bomb scare during exam season, you say? I wonder what on earth might have happened there...
I think you are implying that some student with a wish not to do his or her examinations might have done this. Whereas commonsense would dictate that most normal students who did not wish to take an examination would just absent themselves. I think most people know that an examination would have to be done eventually, whether or not there is a security alert. I hope that's demolished your thoughtless argument.
I don't know if you know this, but before an exam, it's traditional for some people to carry out a practice known as "preparation", which involves acquainting oneself with material pertaining to the exam in question. If this "preparation" has not been done prior to the exam, there lies an advantage in postponing the exam for a short while, to allow "preparation" to take place.
That does not explain why several colleges were targeted though.
I never said it did. Donald was mightily informing us that exams are inevitable, and I was telling him that there's something to be gained from postponing them.
[quote][p][bold]solomum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Georgem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Donald2000[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: Hmmm, a bomb scare during exam season, you say? I wonder what on earth might have happened there...[/p][/quote]I think you are implying that some student with a wish not to do his or her examinations might have done this. Whereas commonsense would dictate that most normal students who did not wish to take an examination would just absent themselves. I think most people know that an examination would have to be done eventually, whether or not there is a security alert. I hope that's demolished your thoughtless argument.[/p][/quote]I don't know if you know this, but before an exam, it's traditional for some people to carry out a practice known as "preparation", which involves acquainting oneself with material pertaining to the exam in question. If this "preparation" has not been done prior to the exam, there lies an advantage in postponing the exam for a short while, to allow "preparation" to take place.[/p][/quote]That does not explain why several colleges were targeted though.[/p][/quote]I never said it did. Donald was mightily informing us that exams are inevitable, and I was telling him that there's something to be gained from postponing them. Georgem
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8:25pm Fri 25 May 12

sass says...

Writers Cramp wrote:
sass wrote: Really Reeve, a (sic) ambulance? The irony of being Education Reporter.
I think you'll find it's AN Ambulance. Besides which, if you were correct, how many hoops does AN article go through before you read it ? At least 3!
You got to the party a little bit late. The article has been amended to read an.
[quote][p][bold]Writers Cramp[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sass[/bold] wrote: Really Reeve, a (sic) ambulance? The irony of being Education Reporter.[/p][/quote]I think you'll find it's AN Ambulance. Besides which, if you were correct, how many hoops does AN article go through before you read it ? At least 3![/p][/quote]You got to the party a little bit late. The article has been amended to read an. sass
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8:07am Sat 26 May 12

Solomon's Boot says...

Probably a desperate student who hasn't done enough revision and wants to delay the exams a bit, to catch up!
Probably a desperate student who hasn't done enough revision and wants to delay the exams a bit, to catch up! Solomon's Boot
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7:20pm Sun 27 May 12

Nine Toes. says...

It was probably that freak Chris Gosland who planted a hoax device at Eastleigh in 2002.
It was probably that freak Chris Gosland who planted a hoax device at Eastleigh in 2002. Nine Toes.
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