Police patrol four Enfield primary schools after email threat

Man arrested after email threatened to cause harm to local schools and claimed possession of “an offensive weapon

credit Met Police
credit Met Police

A man has been arrested after a threatening email was sent to four Enfield schools – prompting extra security measures.

Police officers have been patrolling the schools affected this week after they all received the threatening email on Wednesday (12th).

In a public statement from Enfield’s watch liaison officer, PC Neil Rogers said that four primary schools within the borough, as well as a number in Redbridge, received the email message on Wednesday from a person purporting to be an Enfield resident.

In the message, the individual “threatened impending harm to the schools and intimated possession of an offensive weapon”.

PC Rogers said: “Acting on this information, police in Enfield deployed a number of units to patrol in the area of the specified schools and to provide an improved presence and response for all secondary schools in Enfield. Additional units were tasked to conduct intelligence checks and to locate and trace the person believed to have sent the email.

“As a result, late yesterday afternoon [Wednesday] a male from the Enfield area was arrested and is currently in police detention. No other suspects are being sought in relation to this offence and it is believed the male concerned acted alone.

“Any incidents where there is a concern for safety are treated very seriously and those involving children and young persons are considered a significant threat.  A thorough investigation is now underway.”

Police officers continued to be stationed outside the gates of the schools concerned yesterday (Thursday 13th) “to provide reassurance and answer any queries from pupils, parents and teachers”.

Parents should liaise with their schools and the local safer schools officer if they have any additional concerns:
 [email protected]

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