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Police at Doncaster McAuley school after 'terror threats'

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Image caption Police were called to McAuley Catholic High School on Cantley Lane on Monday

Counter-terrorism police are being stationed at a school in Doncaster after "threatening social media posts".

Officers were called to McAuley Catholic High School on Cantley Lane on Monday, and remained there on Tuesday.

Police said "potentially unauthorised and malicious posts" had been made on a social media account.

Supt Neil Thomas said: "Uniformed officers will be carrying out patrols at the school."

Children at school

A team of specially-trained officers was present and would remain over the coming days, Supt Thomas said.

He said there was no intelligence to suggest it was necessary to keep children off school. The matter was being investigated by the North East Counter Terrorism Unit, which is working to establish the origin of the posts.

"Our officers are on hand at the school to speak to any pupils, staff or parents who may have concerns," he said.

"I empathise with parents who have concerns; the welfare and safety of their children is an absolute priority for us."

A school spokesperson said pupils and parents should not reply to any unsolicited emails or social media, and should report anything of concern to the school or police.

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