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Teaching assistant admits sending bomb hoax from student's email as she couldn't face work

Two pupils were arrested and held in custody after the hoax.
Apr 14th 2015, 7:50 PM 27,340 24

A TEACHING ASSISTANT has admitted that she used a student’s e-mail account to make a bomb threat against the school where she worked because she couldn’t face going to work.

Zoe Gregory (26) sent a message on February 9 which stated that an explosive device had been left at Ormiston Victory Academy in Costessey, Norfolk.

Zoe Gregory court case Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

The home of student Holly Littlefield (16) was raided by police and she was questioned about the threat.

Both Littlefield and fellow student Vicky Francis (15) were arrested and held in police custody for 10 hours.

Zoe Gregory court case Vicky Francis (left) and Holly Littlefield outside Norwich Magistrates' Court Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

BBC reports that the mother-of-two pleaded guilty at Norwich Magistrates’ Court to carrying out a bomb hoax and unauthorised access of an email account.

The court heard that Gregory had been “plagued by post-natal depression” and acted out of “sheer desperation”.

She was committed to Norwich Crown Court for sentencing. Gregory has also been dismissed from her role in the school.

Read: Arson attack on Christian Brothers school>

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