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Monday reopening for Belfast primary school hit by alert

By Deborah McAleese

The Belfast primary school at the centre of a security alert is expected to reopen on Monday following the arrest of a 33-year-old man.

A major police operation was launched and the school was forced to close yesterday after email threats were made against the school's children.

The exact nature of the threats have not been made public.

It is understood police do not believe that the suspect has any connection with the school - Elmgrove Primary School on the Beersbridge Road in the east of the city - or any of its pupils or teachers.

The man was arrested in Belfast on Thursday night following an investigation involving both the PSNI and the Garda.

He remained in police custody last night for questioning.

The security operation at the school was scaled back yesterday, with just one PSNI Land Rover situated outside the premises.

Details of reopening will be confirmed on the school's website tomorrow.

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