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Belfast primary school closes after telephone threats received

A primary school in Belfast has been forced to close as a result of telephone threats, the principal has said.

Police informed Elmgrove Primary School in the east of the city on Thursday afternoon of a number of apparent threats, head Jayne Jeffers said.

Parents were immediately contacted to collect their children and a decision has been taken to keep the school closed on Friday.

The school was also forced to close in January 2015 after a malicious threat was received by email.

In a statement on the school's Facebook page, Ms Jeffers said the safety of pupils had not been compromised.

"Elmgrove Primary School was contacted by the PSNI at 2.48pm on the afternoon of Thursday September 28 2017 regarding threatening telephone calls that had been made referencing the school, and a threat to the safety of our pupils," she wrote.

"Once the information was received by the school, senior management acted promptly, following agreed procedures.

"Subsequently, the decision to dismiss the children directly to parents was taken in conjunction with the PSNI.

"A text was issued to parents regarding pick-up arrangements.

"The police maintained a presence on the school site on Thursday afternoon until all pupils were dismissed.

"At no time was the safety of the pupils compromised or risks taken.

"Elmgrove Primary School took immediate action to safeguard its pupils.

"Following consultation with the Education Authority, the decision has been taken to close the school on Friday September 29 2017 as a precautionary measure."

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