One of Cornwall's secondary schools had to be evacuated this morning after receiving a telephone threat.

Students and teachers at Richard Lander School in Truro were relocated out of the classrooms and onto the school field, while police were called in to investigate the veracity of the phone call.

It is understood that the phone call made allegations about a "bomb" in the school at Threemilestone.

Police have stressed that they do not believe the call to be credible, and said that the decision to evacuate the school was taken by staff and not at the advice of officers.

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “We are aware of a call made to Richard Lander School in Truro early this morning that included a threat to the school premises.

“An officer visited to listen to the call and gave advice to school staff.

“We do not believe that the threat is credible, and all subsequent action, including an evacuation, was a decision made by the school and the not the police.”

Parents were sent an email about the incident, advising them of the actions that had taken place. 

Cornwall Council has since issued a statement on behalf of the school to say: “After receiving a threatening phone call this morning the school immediately notified Devon and Cornwall Police.

“The school took the decision to evacuate staff and pupils from school buildings as a precaution.

“Parents have since been advised that students will not be sent home and should not be collected.”