A number of schools have been evacuated in Victoria and New Zealand after receiving threatening phone calls.
By midday, it was shown to be a hoax.
Police did not confirm how many schools were been evacuated but media reports suggest the evacuated Victorian schools were in Portland, Hamilton, Traralgon, Ballarat and Bendigo.
Victoria Police is aware that a number of Victorian schools across the state have received a threatening phone call today. (1/3)— Victoria Police (@VictoriaPolice) December 1, 2016
In New Zealand, meanwhile, police confirmed a similar spate of threatening phone calls and said they could originate from overseas.
"It is believed, based on the information available to us at this time, that today's calls may be similar to those received earlier this year, which inquiries indicated originated overseas," the statement read.
"We should make it clear that while such calls may display a New Zealand number, they can still be originating from overseas.
Camp Hill primary school students evacuated onto QEO and police on scene. More to come. pic.twitter.com/80Gy2w9RqW— Mark Kearney (@mnkearney) November 30, 2016
"Until police can rule out any actual threat, we must take all these calls seriously and respond accordingly."
Victorian police said the calls were similar to the hoax calls made on February 2, 2016 and February 25, 2016.
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