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Man arrested after Elmgrove Primary School closes over threatening phone calls

A man in his 30s has been arrested after a Primary School in east Belfast was forced to send pupils home over threatening phone calls.

Elmgrove Primary School on the Beersbridge Road was contacted by the PSNI on Thursday afternoon.

The phone calls referenced the school and included a threat to the safety of the pupils.

Police confirmed they are investigating a report of "malicious telecommunications regarding a school in the East Belfast area".

In a statement the school said they made the decision to dismiss the children directly to their parents in conjunction with the PSNI after receiving the report shortly before 3pm.

The school said a text was issued to parents regarding pick up arrangements.

Police maintained a presence on the school site on Thursday afternoon until all pupils were dismissed.

The school will be closed on Friday as a precautionary measure.

"At no time was the safety of the pupils compromised or risks taken. Elmgrove Primary School took immediate action to safeguard its pupils," the school said.

"Following consultation with the Education Authority, the decision was made to close the school on Friday September, 29 as a precautionary measure."

Police say an extensive investigation into the incident is underway.

A PSNI spokesman said: "Police are investigating a report of malicious telecommunications regarding a school in the East Belfast area which was reported earlier today, Thursday 28 September. The communication was of a threatening nature.

"An extensive investigation is currently ongoing and a man, aged in 30s, has been arrested and is currently in police custody."

It is the second time school has had to close over threats - the last time was in January 2015.

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