Reece Elliott in court over threats to kill US children

A British man has appeared in court charged with threatening to kill 200 American schoolchildren.

Reece Elliott, 24, from South Shields, is alleged to have made the threat on Wednesday on a Facebook memorial to a Tennessee girl killed in a road crash.

A Facebook comment reportedly led to 3,000 children missing school in the Warren County area on Thursday.

Mr Elliott, of Shrewsbury Terrace, did not enter a plea and was remanded in custody by South Tyneside magistrates.

During the 30 minute hearing in South Shields, Mr Elliott also faced a charge of making a malicious communication.

Northumbria Police said it was working with authorities in the United States and seeking advice as to who had jurisdiction in the incident.

Mr Elliott is due to appear before magistrates again on Wednesday.

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