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Tameside college evacuated after social media threat

Police were called to the college this morning Credit: Bethany Abbitt/MEN syndication

Tameside College has been evacuated after receiving a threat on social media.

The College, on Beaufort Road in Ashton Under Lyne received a threat of a gun attack on Twitter.

An unknown social media user threatened the attack after the college posted a message welcoming students back to college today after the Easter break.

Greater Manchester Police were called to investigate the threat this morring.

At lunchtime today, Tameside College evacuated staff and students from all its sites.

All students and staff are safe and well.

This precaution was taken in collaboration with Greater ManchesterPolice. Tameside College will remain closed for the rest of the day. All evening classes have been cancelled.

Tameside College will be open as normal tomorrow morning.

Any further updates can be found on the college website and social media.

– Tameside College statement

Tameside College evacuated after receiving social media threat

Police have been called to the college Credit: Bethany Abbitt/MEN syndication

Tameside College has been evacuated after receiving a threat on social media.

The College, on Beaufort Road in Ashton Under Lyne received a threat of a gun attack on Twitter.

An unknown social media user threatened the attack after the college posted a message welcoming students back to college today after the Easter break.

Greater Manchester Police have been notified of the message and are on their way to the scene.

A spokesman for the college confirmed a 'lockdown procedure' is currently taking place.

An eye witness said all of the gates of the building were closed, with staff members checking people leaving and going.

The college is now being evacuated building by building.

There are said to be 2000 pupils inside currently.

A number of worried parents are outside the college.

(My daughter) said someone has threatened to shoot someone. She said we shouldn’t be here but I can’t go home now. My daughter’s been told to turn her phone off and put it down. We’ve got no idea what’s going on.

She said the college is in lockdown and nobody is allowed in or out. When it’s your child it’s really scary. I just want her out of there.

– Parent

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The college said they received "notification of a threat" to the college.

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