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NI schools told to risk assess trips after attack

By Aaron Tinney

Schools across Northern Ireland have been warned to carry out a risk assessment of any trips for pupils they have planned as the UK terror threat level remained at 'critical'.

Visits have been cancelled by schools in England and Scotland after principals and teachers became worried about more terrorist attacks after 22 people were killed and 120 injured in a suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena.

Northern Ireland's Education Authority last night said it was unaware of intentions by any schools in the province to cancel trips.

But a spokeswoman said its advice was for them to carry out a "thorough risk assessment of any trip they plan to undertake".

She said: "As part of that risk assessment, pupils and parents should be aware of what to do in the event of an emergency and who to contact."

Belfast Royal Academy is one school pressing ahead with its planned visits, including one to Malawi for lower sixth pupils next month.

As troops joined police on the streets of Britain when the terror threat level was moved to 'critical', visits to the West End of London, amusement parks and Manchester were among those called off at short notice by schools.

The move to a 'critical' threat level will mean extra checks at ports, Britain's top counter-terrorism officer said, and security is also being urgently reviewed at all key sites and for every major event.

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