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College in Watford evacuated following bomb threats

Herts Police are investigating a “hoax” bomb threat that caused a college evacuation in Watford.

Students at West Herts College had to leave their bags behind and exit the building on Tuesday, March 12, as police cordoned off the area “as a precaution”.

Police confirmed the evacuation was prompted by anonymous messages suggesting a bomb had been placed on site.

A Herts Police spokesperson said: “We were called at 1.46pm to report that three anonymous messages had been received by the college’s switchboard.

“The messages suggested that an explosive device had been placed somewhere on the college site.

“The building was evacuated and a police cordon put in place.

“Officers and college security staff then carried out a systematic search of the site but no suspicious devices were found, and students and staff were allowed to re-enter just after 3pm.”

An investigation into the origin of the messages, which are being treated as a hoax, has been launched.

If you have any information that could help the police, please call 101 and quote ISR 350 of 12 March.

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