Who’s Next? Uni Bomb Hoaxes Reach Double Digits

A spate of bomb scares has rocked universities across the country.

A spate of bomb hoaxes has swept through British Unis, with twelve cities affected. 

In Cambridge, total of six hoaxes have been called in so far at Churchill, Clare, Girton, King’s, Hughes Hall and the New Museums site.

The University has been threatened by anonymous bomb emails since Tuesday 15th.

Clare, King’s and the New Museums site were fully evacuated and swept by cops before being declared safe.

Eva Nisse, a first year PPS student at Kings, told The Tab the mood was generally one of indifference.  ‘The main question on everyone’s minds was “Is this the usual fire alarm and when can I get back to my toast?”‘

Girton and Churchill were not evacuated, but students were asked to keep their bags on them at all times whilst the college authorities regularly searched the area.

Cambridge University Communications Office confirmed that the bomb scares were in fact hoaxes as no devices were found.

But students have complained that evacuation at the New Museums site was shambolic. The fire alarm only sounded 45 minutes after the bomb scare started, while some students were told they needn’t be evacuated as long as they stayed away from windows.

Colleges throughout the university have now taken extensive precautions against a possible attack.

In emails sent to students, Senior Tutors and Head Porters have asked that students remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour or belongings. Evacuation procedures have also been detailed to students.

Images of the Derby scare were circulated on Twitter

Epidemic of hoaxes

These events are the latest in a epidemic of hoaxes across English universities. All confirmed incidents have been delivered by anonymous email.

A total of twelve hoaxes have been reported. The first outbreak of hoaxes occurred in late April at Bristol, Durham and Kent Universities on the 23rd and 24th April. The first reported email was to Bristol. It read:

‘Two small bombs are hidden in Wills and Durdham Halls. They will explode later today. Take this warning very, very seriously.’

Similar emails were received by Durham and Kent. All the universities evacuated students and closed down the affected buildings.

The Bristol Epigram reported similar hoaxes at Sussex and Leicester Universities, but The Tab could not confirm this information.

After this initial phase, two further hoaxes occurred were not widely reported. Both Liverpool and Derby evacuated students from accommodation buildings. Derby University Press Offices alleges that the bomb threat and the evacuation were unconnected.

Week of chaos

From this Monday, a further spate of hoaxes disrupted university across the country. Canterbury Christchurch was targeted on Monday, swiftly followed by the first second Cambridge attacks on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Today there have been incidents at three Universities. In addition to Cambridge, Kent and Bath Spa were hoaxed. Again, all the hoaxes have taken the form of anonymous emails.

At Kent, six exams had to be cancelled. Denise Lovett, a 21-year-old economics student, told The Tab: “We were waiting for an hour outside to see whether they would let us back in. But someone took one of the exam papers while we were waiting and others had obviously looked at it and they decided to not let us do the exam. I’m annoyed because I was really prepared for this one!”

National investigation

There have been mixed accounts of the police’s response. Some universities have alleged that the matter is being dealt with solely by local police and that the events are being viewed as unconnected. But an anonymous university source claimed the investigation was being handed to the Metropolitan Police as a ‘national investigation‘.

  • Really?

    St Hughes Hall?

  • Article Critic

    Explosive stuff.

    • Comment Critic

      Bit of a damp squib

  • Larry Zhukman

    Breaking News: I have just released a bomb in the bathroom of Granchester Meadows. Best evacuate.

  • jinxed it.

    how is this an exclusive?!

    Simply collecting a lot of openly available information into one article surely doesn't mean that you can claim an 'exclusive'.

    • true pedant

      please marry me.

    • Superior pedant

      Wrong. This is the first full account of all the scares on the internet. So until someone else reports it, it is exclusive to the Tab.

      [exclusive: n. An item or story published or broadcast by only one source.]

  • John's

    Bring it.

  • umm

    Why don't they trace the emails? It's not hard.

    • Juan Sheet

      They're probably covering their tracks quite well – using something like Tor and a throwaway email account would make it much more difficult to track down.

      • CompSci


        • Juan Sheet

          Didn't say it was impossible, just said it made things more difficult.


        • AntiCompSci


  • This is

    getting old!

    Hope they catch the twat and that he/she/ they face the full extent of Queenie's justice.

  • Outraged mail reader

    Can i just say how contemptible your use of the word "cops" is.

  • Churchillian

    As if Churchill doesn't look enough like Leningrad already!

    • Another Churchillian

      I'm at Churchill and I didn't even notice the bomb scare…

      • Lenin

        I think whoever keeps Stalin' their exams should stop Putin the rest of us through this torment

        • Punny stuff

          Top Marx for effort sir!

  • TPJ

    as long as grange road is alright i couldn't care less, that's where i spend all my time!

    • TPJ judge

      that was almost a good one. it had potential, just not the spirit to carry it through.

      • TPJ Judge Judge

        Can u fuck off you stupid cunt

        • TPJ Judge^3

          Now let's not get judgemental…

    • Examiner

      Can we please adhere to the TPJ rubric. I see no mention of U21s.

  • How would one…

    Carry a bomb to Girton??

    • Easy

      TPJ can

  • Robinsonite

    "In emails sent to students, Senior Tutors and Head Porters have asked that students remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour or belongings. Evacuation procedures have also been detailed to students."

    Not at Robinson

    • Selwynian

      Well we've been told you're going to provide 'shelter' for us if we all have to bail. Maybe our bursar is full of shit…

  • Blatantly

    someone doesn't want to sit the Tripos this summer…

    • wait…

      but if they are smart enough not to have been caught so far, they should be able to endure the Tripos… surely!

  • Why…

    …does the Telegraph write all about Caesarian Sunday, but completely ignore this (much bigger and way more serious) story?

    • Reason

      Because the Telegraph is shit.

  • Al MacFarlane

    hey guys make sure you check out my new music video! This one is for all the fans that have supported me throughout my career. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JldTIJZfxYQ

  • 2bob

    But an anonymous university source claimed the investigation was being handed to the Metropolitan Police as a ‘national investigation‘….. Presumably Imperial then!

  • Umm.

    I was working in an office at the New Museums Site and didn't even know we needed to be evacuated until I went outside and found myself in a cordoned off zone. That's not ideal.

  • Lester Freeman

    Ermm… Are you guys just inventing a series of reported bomb scares to fill copy in a quiet term? None of this has received any national media attention, and I genuinely think the story would have been picked up if real, especially given that the Daily Mail journos appear to read the Tab religiously

  • confused Girtonian

    was there really a hoax at Girton? All I received was a warning to keep my possessions on me whilst in the library. Sounds more like London-style security precautions being imposed on us, not actually a scare/hoax. Unless the Tab knows something we do not? If so, where are the leaked emails?

  • confused Girtonian

    was there really a hoax at Girton? I was at under 21s

    • Confused TPJ

      Were you? I didn't see you there!

  • Bakes

    I'm surprised there hasn't been a bomb scare in John's cause I'm the bomb. (As backed by my huge performances for the Redboys 2011-2012 (hoping to get the call up for next year!))

  • Shlonathan GG

    Lucky there hasn't been a bomb scare in the SPS library. Need to do more IR revision !

  • Stat Man

    "Cops"? Fuck off, we're not in America and we're not cunts.

  • Hughes Hall??


  • who's next


    First Clare got the bomb…

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