“I cannot believe someone would stoop as low as to leave a hoax device so close to a primary school,” said Mr Lunn.
“The pupils should have been enjoying the first day of the new school year and instead they were evacuated, which no doubt was a traumatic experience for them.
“Although the suspicious package was a hoax device, the effect and disruption are the same as if it had been a viable device. I utterly condemn the actions of those responsible for this absolutely appalling incident.
“The people behind this must be found and taken off the streets immediately. I would urge anyone with information on this matter to contact police.”