Bomb threat at Mount school

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Police presence at St Thomas More Catholic School in Mount Maunganui after a bomb threat was received. Photo/George Novak
Police presence at St Thomas More Catholic School in Mount Maunganui after a bomb threat was received. Photo/George Novak

UPDATE: Parents have been asked by the school to come collect their children from Arataki Reserve via Zambuk Way.

If you are able to collect your child please come to arataki reserve via Zambuk way you will need to let their teacher...

Posted by St Thomas More Catholic School on Wednesday, March 9, 2016

EARLIER: Police are on scene at St Thomas More Catholic School in Mount Maunganui after a bomb threat was received.

A Bay of Plenty District Command Centre spokesman said the school had received a bomb threat and would probably be evacuated according to school's protocol.

Everyone is safe and happy.

Posted by St Thomas More Catholic School on Wednesday, March 9, 2016

He said students and staff were all safe, and police were working through the incident.

He advised parents and the public to stay clear of the area.

A national police press release issued just after midday said police were responding to a number of incidents where schools had "received calls which are of concern."

We have received a phone call about a possible bomb. This is unlikely however the police are here and we are following...

Posted by St Thomas More Catholic School on Wednesday, March 9, 2016

"Police staff are currently liaising with each school and are working with the leadership teams to determine the individual response at each school.

"The priority for police and the schools is to ensure the safety of students and staff.

"Police have well established procedures for dealing with such incidents and we are currently working through those procedures with each of the schools at the moment."

It said further information would be provided when available.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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