South Africa 12.2.2015 02:38 pm

Woman arrested for bogus bomb threat

Teachers comfort children at Laerskool Oranjegloed Primary School after the school received a bomb threat. Pic: Ridge Times.

Teachers comfort children at Laerskool Oranjegloed Primary School after the school received a bomb threat. Pic: Ridge Times.

A woman out on bail is expected to appear again in the Secunda Magistrates’ Court after she was arrested for phoning in about a false bomb threat at a primary school.

The 59-year-old woman allegedly phoned Laerskool Oranjegloed in Secunda, Mpumalanga, on February 3 and warned about a bomb on the school’s premises, Ridge Times reported.

The school then contacted police and the pupils’ parents.

All the pupils gathered on the rugby field and waited for their parents while police and the K9 unit searched the school.

However, no bomb was found on the school’s grounds.

Police later traced the cellphone from which the call was made and arrested the woman in Kinross, outside Secunda.

The woman’s cellphone, along with her SIM card, were confiscated for further investigations.

Following her first court appearance, the woman was granted bail and is expected to appear again on February 17.

Secunda police cautioned the community to refrain from making bomb threats, as it could result in fines, a prison sentence or both.

In July last year, traffic was halted in Sandton following a bomb scare at the Alexander Forbes building.

The building was immediately evacuated while police conducted a search.

No bomb was found, and the area was later declared safe.

– Caxton News Service

 

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