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Hoax Communications to Schools or Colleges Specifically Bomb Threats Since 2012

Question

How many reports of malicious hoax communications to schools and colleges, specifically bomb threats, has the force received since January 2012 to present date?

May I have the information broken down by date, school location, outcome (eg, arrests, charges, successful prosecutions), and whether or not the communication came from outside the force area.

How much resource is required to investigate such a report, broken down by number of staff needed, amount of hours worked and any additional cost to the force (eg, overtime)

Clarification

On the 11th May you clarified that in respect of ‘whether or not the communication came from outside the Force area’ you were requesting information in respect of the original malicious hoax communication.

Answer

We do not have a location type of ‘schools or colleges’ however we are able to search for reports where the address field contains the words ‘school, academy, college or university’. There may therefore be further reports relating to schools or colleges where the address field does not contain these words. A search of our recording system for offences relevant to this request, found 6 reports of ‘placing or dispatching articles to cause a bomb hoax’, please see the table below:

 

Date

Location

Outcome

Original hoax communication from outside Force area

1

08/06/2012

Bristol

Filed

Not recorded

2

12/06/2012

Bath

Filed

Not recorded

3

12/06/2012

Bath

Filed

Not recorded

4

13/06/2012

Bath

Filed

Not recorded

5

24/10/2012

WSM

Prosecuted

Not recorded

6

24/10/2012

WSM

Prosecuted

Not recorded

Please be aware that there may be multiple reports relating to the same incident.

The latter part of your request concerning resources is not recorded information.

FOI reference: 509/17.

Date of request: 12.04.17.