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Bomb threats: would you know what to do?

(5 February 2021)

While we have no information suggesting Durham University is a specific and current target for bomb threats, hoax or real, we would like to make the community aware of what to do should you receive a bomb threat message.

Please familiarise yourself with the following instructions:

  • Stay calm and listen carefully
  • Refer to the national bomb threat checklist
  • If practical, keep the caller talking and alert a colleague to dial 999
  • If displayed on your phone, note the number of the caller, otherwise dial 1471 to obtain a number once the call has ended
  • If the threat is a recorded message, write down as much detail as possible and retain for the police to secure
  • If the threat is received via text message, do not reply to, forward or delete the message; not the number of the sender and follow police advice
  • Contact our Business Resilience Team via Security: 0191 334 2222.

For more information, please visit the Government website:

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