Students and staff have been praised for their response after a Devon secondary school was evacuated following a hoax call earlier today.

Around 1,200 pupils and 150 members of staff had to exit buildings at Pilton Community College due to the incident.

Police were called to the scene and confirmed that a “malicious hoax communication” had been received at the school in Barnstaple.

All students and staff have been confirmed as safe and well after being evacuated to a sports pitch within the school’s grounds.

Following the incident, headteacher Graham Hill said: “We take the safeguarding of our children extremely seriously and therefore we have evacuated 1,200 students and 150 staff to our agreed location.

Pilton Community College

“We are all safe and well.

“I would like to thank all the students and the staff for the manner in which they responded to the threat.

“I would also like to thank the Police for their quick response and support through the incident.”

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A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “We were called at around 11.30am.

“This was a report of a malicious hoax communication to Pilton Community College in Barnstaple.

“The school evacuated the premises and officers attended to provide reassurance.

“Nothing suspicious was found at the college and our log is closed.

“Police take hoaxes extremely seriously. They divert police resources and cause disruption and alarm to the public.”

Recap how the incident was covered live in this blog.





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