Minecraft Player Arrested After Sending Thousands Of Bomb Threats To Schools

22 March 2018, 14:36

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By Josh Lee

Hundreds of schools were forced to close last week after 20000+ bomb threats were sent.

A Minecraft player has been arrested in the UK today in connection with a spate of bomb threats that were made to hundreds of schools across the country last week.

On March 19th, schools across the UK were forced to evacuate after receiving threatening emails, including bomb threats. The threats were sent as part of an ongoing feud between warring Minecraft groups, with players attempting to make it seem as though the threats were coming from the opposing team. According to Sky News, the hoax bomb threats were an attempt to get play-versus-player server VeltPVP banned from the game.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) announced yesterday that a 19-year-old man was arrested in Watford, England, "on suspicion of blackmail and making malicious communications relating to the hoax bomb threat that closed hundreds of UK schools this week."

Explaining that they were "unable to comment further" on the case as it is a live investigation, the NCA stressed that while "no credible threat to the emails schools received," they were "taking the communications extremely seriously."