UPDATE: Man arrested after bomb threat made against a Peterborough school

The man has been taken to hospital for treatment
The man has been taken to hospital for treatment

A man is in police custody this afternoon after making a bomb threat against a Peterborough school.

Police were called at 9.50am today, Thursday May 25, to The King’s School in Park Road following the threat and reports of an intruder on site.

The threat turned out to be a hoax and a 41-year-old man from Peterborough has been arrested on suspicion of communicating a hoax bomb threat.

He is currently in custody at Thorpe Wood Police Station.

In a letter to parents this afternoon, headteacher Darren Ayling said: “I am sure word may have reached some of you already that, this morning, a member of staff challenged an intruder who had gained entry to the school site.

“Given the heightened security situation, and some odd behaviour, the matter was reported to the police who attended at school immediately.

“Several police officers supported senior staff in thoroughly sweeping the site and subsequently gave us the all clear to proceed with our plans to observe the national minute’s silence at 11.00am.

“I have since been told that the police have identified, detained and arrested the intruder.

“Please be assured that school staff, assisted by the police, reacted very swiftly to the circumstances and with the absolute determination that we would keep your children safe.

“Your children have been, as always, remarkably sensible and cooperative throughout the morning.”