Teenager arrested after North East schools put on alert over 'threatening' emails

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A teenager has been arrested after schools and colleges across the UK received threatening emails.

A teenager has been arrested after schools and colleges across the UK received threatening emails.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) said it was believed the incident was linked to a hoax bomb threat that closed hundreds of schools last week.

An 18-year-old man was arrested by Hertfordshire Police and the NCA in Abbots Langley on Wednesday night on suspicion of making malicious communications.

A spokesman for the NCA said: "We understand these threats have caused considerable concern but we do not assess there to be an increased risk to the public."

A 19-year-old man was arrested in Watford last Wednesday on suspicion of blackmail and making malicious communications after the mass bomb hoax.